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low·er class

 (lō′ər)
n.
The socioeconomic class or classes of lower than middle rank in a society.

low′er-class′ adj.

lower class

n
(Sociology) the social stratum having the lowest position in the social hierarchy. Compare middle class, upper class, working class
adj
1. (Sociology) of or relating to the lower class
2. inferior or vulgar

low′er class′

(ˈloʊ ər)
n.
a class of people below the middle class in social standing and generally characterized by low income and lack of education.
[1765–75]
low′er-class′, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.lower class - the social class lowest in the social hierarchy
social class, socio-economic class, stratum, class - people having the same social, economic, or educational status; "the working class"; "an emerging professional class"
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One, the lower class, vulgar, stupid, and, above all, ridiculous people, who believe that one husband ought to live with the one wife whom he has lawfully married; that a girl should be innocent, a woman modest, and a man manly, self-controlled, and strong; that one ought to bring up one's children, earn one's bread, and pay one's debts; and various similar absurdities.
He remembered a Proudfoot he had seen at school, not known: a little, whey-faced urchin, the despicable member of some lower class. Could it be this abortion that had climbed to be an advocate, and now lived in the birthplace of Flora and the home of John's tenderest memories?
While the coloured people were ignorant, they had not, as a rule, degraded and weakened their bodies by vices such as are common to the lower class of people in the large cities.
A close carriage stood at the church door; a few people, mostly of the lower class, and mostly old women, were scattered about the interior of the building.
This rigorous mode of treatment, I have observed, invariably brings persons in the lower class of life to their senses.
Acting, therefore, as his interpreter and summarizer, I gather that in the course of an imprisonment of seven years he has himself modified his own personal views, both as regards Women and as regards the Isosceles or Lower Classes. Personally, he now inclines to the opinion of the Sphere that the Straight Lines are in many important respects superior to the Circles.
You pass it to the lower classes, and they pass it back to you, and this you call 'social intercourse' or 'mutual endeavour,' when it's mutual priggishness if it's anything.
Now doth it provoke the lower classes, all benevolence and petty giving; and the overrich may be on their guard!
The hearts of animals--of bullocks, sheep, and so forth--are cooked and devoured, as I am told, by the lower classes, with a vast deal of relish.
It passed gradually from the rich, to whom it was at first exclusively reserved, to the lower classes, and then its ravages could not be arrested.
And he is upon the whole of a fixed opinion that to give the sanction of his countenance to any complaints respecting it would be to encourage some person in the lower classes to rise up somewhere--like Wat Tyler.
The lower classes of the people, in their persons and their domiciles, are not clean--but there it stops--the town and the island are miracles of cleanliness.

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