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n.1.(Rom. Antiq.) A citizen of the lowest class, who served the state, not with property, but only by having children; hence, a common person.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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And a week later wrote again to him, "I have in fact been dreaming of making the literature and criticism section a permanent feature in Proletary" (On Literature 172).