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1. Of or relating to the common people of ancient Rome: a plebeian magistrate.
2. Of, belonging to, or characteristic of commoners.
3. Unrefined or coarse in nature or manner; common or vulgar: plebeian tastes.
1. One of the common people of ancient Rome.
2. A member of the lower classes.
3. A vulgar or coarse person.

[From Latin plēbius, from plēbs, plēb-, the common people; see pelə- in Indo-European roots.]

ple·be′ian·ism n.
ple·be′ian·ly adv.


the quality of having common manners, character, or style. — plebeian, n., adj.
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His egotism was never flagrant or tiresome--he was never crude in it, for crudeness was a plebeianism that the Hon.
It was a fair parallel between new Plebeianism and old Gentility.
(5 ) Of course, the narrator partly qualifies Hepzibah's extreme view by commenting that Phoebe has "many ladylike attributes" together with plebeian ones (House 80); yet the narrator does recognize Phoebe's "gift of practical arrangement" as her "exclusive patrimony" (House 71) and contrasts two Pyncheons, Hepzibah and Phoebe, in terms of social rank: "It was a fair parallel between new Plebeianism and old Gentility!" (House 81).