lower class

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low·er class

The socioeconomic class or classes of lower than middle rank in a society.

low′er-class′ adj.

lower class

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

low′er class′

(ˈloʊ ər)
a class of people below the middle class in social standing and generally characterized by low income and lack of education.
low′er-class′, adj.
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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"
References in classic literature ?
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.
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.
There must, he says, be a lower class, given up to physical toil and confined to an animal nature; and a higher one thereby acquires leisure and wealth for a more expanded intelligence and improvement, and becomes the directing soul of the lower.
This rigorous mode of treatment, I have observed, invariably brings persons in the lower class of life to their senses.
People in the lower class of life never know when or how to go out of a room.
As a result, parents and teachers are celebrating the benefits of lower class size.
Although oral wills were not completely unknown among educated persons, they were more common in the lower classes and the rural population: among farmers and lower class persons, about half of the testators made their wills orally, whereas among free professionals and priests as well as the nobility, 80 to 90 percent left writ ten wills.
The governor already has proposed spending $460 million for programs to lower class size in grades K-2 in his proposed 1996-97 fiscal year budget.
The two works for the lower class were: John Barnard, A Present for an Apprentice (Boston, 1747) and Jonas Hanway, Advice From Farmer Trueman, to his Daughter (Boston, 1810).
19) The example of the Collot family demonstrates that the Deaf Institute was one of the few avenues of social assistance available to lower class families with deaf children.

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