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lum·pen 1

 (lŭm′pən, lo͝om′-)
1. Of or relating to dispossessed, often displaced people who have been cut off from the socioeconomic class with which they would ordinarily be identified: lumpen intellectuals unable to find work in their fields.
2. Of or relating to the lumpenproletariat.
3. Vulgar or common; plebeian: "Popular novelists and their mass readership remain a despised lumpen minority" (Leslie Fiedler).
1. (used with a pl. verb) The lumpenproletariat.
2. (used with a sing. verb) A member of the lumpenproletariat.

[From German Lumpenproletariat, the lowest section of the proletariat; see lumpenproletariat.]

lum·pen 2

Having lumps or a lumpy appearance: "glancing with reluctant distaste at the shrouded, lumpen shape on the floor" (P.D. James).

[lump + -en.]


informal stupid or unthinking
[from German Lump vagabond, influenced in meaning by Lumpen rag, as in lumpenproletariat]


(ˈlʌm pən, ˈlʊm-)

1. of or pertaining to disfranchised and uprooted individuals or groups, esp. those who have lost status: the lumpen bourgeoisie.
2. a lumpen individual or group.
[1945–50; extracted from lumpenproletariat]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.lumpen - mentally sluggishlumpen - mentally sluggish      
stupid - lacking or marked by lack of intellectual acuity


[ˈlʌmpən] (esp Brit) ADJ [person] → necio


adj (= bulky) building etcklobig; (inf: = stupid) → blöd (inf)
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Legislative Council member Deepak Singh had a verbal tiff with Additional Superintendent of Police Shashi Shekhar after he accused the police of siding with and patronising lumpen elements belonging to the ruling BJP.
The few decent parents who attempt to do what schools used to do will now be deprived of a viable means to control their lumpen offspring.
Writing in the WSJ (Trumpen Proletariat, July 06 2016), to support his argument, he states: "Karl Marx, in a particularly dyspeptic moment, offered this description of what he dismissed as the lumpen proletariat: 'Alongside decayed roues with dubious means of subsistence and of dubious origin, alongside ruined and adventurous offshoots of the bourgeoisie, were vagabonds, discharged soldiers, discharged jailbirds, escaped galley slaves, swindlers, mountebanks, lazzaroni, pickpockets, tricksters, gamblers, pimps, brothel keepers, porters, literati, organ grinders, ragpickers, knife grinders, tinkers, beggars-in short, the whole indefinite, disintegrated mass, thrown hither and thither, which the French call la boheme.
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Poor bloke - he's so lumpen and cumbersome he really should change his first name to Medicine.
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Muy distinto es cuando un espacio universitario es ocupado por traficantes de drogas, prostitutas, rateros, golpeadores y otros elementos lumpen que nada tienen en comun con las grandes luchas universitarias, como no la tienen los taqueros y duenos de las fondas que ahi operan ni los comerciantes que se han hecho de un lugar para emplearlo como bodega.
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It looks as if certain lumpen elements have taken over in interpreting our rights and freedoms and executing 'justice' as and when they want, thereby putting to shame even the judiciary of the land.
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Unfortunately, the lumpen interpretation of Islam is becoming dominant.