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Of, relating to, or characteristic of the proletariat.
A member of the proletariat; a worker.

[From Latin prōlētārius, belonging to the lowest class of Roman citizens (viewed as contributing to the state only through having children), from prōlēs, offspring; see al- in Indo-European roots.]

pro′le·tar′i·an·ism n.
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the practices, attitudes, social status, or political condition of an unpropertied class dependent for support on daily or casual labor. — proletarian, n., adj.
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"In the last hundred years," Lewis wrote, "the public mind has been radically altered." Lewis proposed that six changes have contributed to this radical break: (1) an educational revolution; (2) the emancipation of women; (3) the advance of historical developmentalism or what he called "Evolutionism"; (4) the rise of Proletarianism or democratic egalitarianism; (5) an emphasis on practical knowledge over wisdom; (6) and an increasing skepticism toward reason.
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Alan Wald claims Whitman "embodies not only facets of classic romantic ideology but also a robust proletarianism, and perhaps even a proto-modernism indicated by his free verse catalogues and use of common speech" (Exiles from a Future Time: The Forging of the Mid-Twentieth Century Literary Left [Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2002], 36).
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