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1. The social class constituted by peasants.
2. The condition, rank, or conduct of a peasant.


1. (Sociology) peasants as a class
2. conduct characteristic of peasants
3. the status of a peasant


(ˈpɛz ən tri)

1. peasants collectively.
2. the status or character of a peasant.


 peasants collectively. a body of peasants, 1553.
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Noun1.peasantry - the class of peasantspeasantry - the class of peasants    
social class, socio-economic class, stratum, class - people having the same social, economic, or educational status; "the working class"; "an emerging professional class"
peasant - one of a (chiefly European) class of agricultural laborers
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[ˈpezəntrɪ] Ncampesinado m, campesinos mpl


nBauernschaft f; (= class, status)Bauerntum nt


(ˈpeznt) noun
a person who lives and works on the land, especially in a poor, primitive or underdeveloped area. Many peasants died during the drought; (also adjective) a peasant farmer.
ˈpeasantry noun
peasants as a group; the peasants of a particular place. What part did the peasantry play in the Russian revolution?
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Sergey Ivanovitch used to say that he knew and liked the peasantry, and he often talked to the peasants, which he knew how to do without affectation or condescension, and from every such conversation he would deduce general conclusions in favor of the peasantry and in confirmation of his knowing them.
She had never used it herself, but she had read of the practice of eating arsenic among the Styrian peasantry for the purpose of clearing the color, and of producing a general appearance of plumpness and good health.
When their substance is drained away, the peasantry will be afflicted by heavy exactions.
There were very few resident landlords in the neighborhood and also very few domestic or literate serfs, and in the lives of the peasantry of those parts the mysterious undercurrents in the life of the Russian people, the causes and meaning of which are so baffling to contemporaries, were more clearly and strongly noticeable than among others.
Athos is not a man to be thwarted; he, like Porthos, has obliged his peasantry to call him `my lord,' and to dignify his pettifogging place by the name of chateau.
Pedigree, ancestral skeletons, monumental record, the d'Urberville lineaments, did not help Tess in her life's battle as yet, even to the extent of attracting to her a dancing-partner over the heads of the commonest peasantry.
I pursued my investigations among the peasantry, passing from cottage to cottage.
If Parliament don't take their abominable courses under consideration, this country's ruined, and the character of the peasantry gone for ever
All that Dhulip Singh could do in India he has done, down to the distribution of his photographs among the peasantry.
These people, the reader must understand, were an urban population sunken back to the state of a barbaric peasantry, and so without any of the simple arts a barbaric peasantry would possess.
The revenues of the monastery, of which a large part was at his disposal, while they gave him the means of supplying his own very considerable expenses, afforded also those largesses which he bestowed among the peasantry, and with which he frequently relieved the distresses of the oppressed.
And that is saying a great deal; for after all, the British peasantry are the best taught, best mannered, most self- respecting of any in Europe: since those days I have seen paysannes and Bauerinnen; and the best of them seemed to me ignorant, coarse, and besotted, compared with my Morton girls.