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pro·le·tar·i·at

 (prō′lĭ-târ′ē-ĭt)
n.
1.
a. The class of industrial wage earners who, possessing neither capital nor production means, must earn their living by selling their labor.
b. The poorest class of working people.
2. The propertyless class of ancient Rome, constituting the lowest class of citizens.

[French prolétariat, from Latin prōlētārius, belonging to the lowest class of Roman citizens; see proletarian.]

proletariat

(ˌprəʊlɪˈtɛərɪət) or

proletariate

n
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) all wage-earners collectively
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the lower or working class
3. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (in Marxist theory) the class of wage-earners, esp industrial workers, in a capitalist society, whose only possession of significant material value is their labour
4. (Historical Terms) (in ancient Rome) the lowest class of citizens, who had no property
[C19: via French from Latin prōlētārius proletarian]

pro•le•tar•i•at

(ˌproʊ lɪˈtɛər i ət)

n.
1. (esp. in Marxist theory) the class of workers, esp. industrial wage earners, who do not possess capital or property and must sell their labor to survive.
2. (esp. in ancient Rome) the lowest or poorest class of citizens, possessing no property.
[1850–55; < French prolétariat; < Latin proletarius belonging to the lowest class of citizens; see -ate3]

proletariat

The class in society who make a living by selling their labor and possess no capital.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.proletariat - a social class comprising those who do manual labor or work for wagesproletariat - a social class comprising those who do manual labor or work for wages; "there is a shortage of skilled labor in this field"
social class, socio-economic class, stratum, class - people having the same social, economic, or educational status; "the working class"; "an emerging professional class"
labor force, labor pool - the source of trained people from which workers can be hired
lumpenproletariat - (Marxism) the unorganized lower levels of the proletariat who are not interested in revolutionary advancement
organized labor - employees who are represented by a labor union
prole, proletarian, worker - a member of the working class (not necessarily employed); "workers of the world--unite!"

proletariat

noun working class, the masses, lower classes, commoners, the herd, wage-earners, lower orders, the common people, hoi polloi, plebs, the rabble, the great unwashed (derogatory), labouring classes, proles (derogatory slang, chiefly Brit.), commonalty a struggle between the bourgeoisie and the proletariat
upper class, aristocracy, nobility, gentry, peerage, ruling class, upper crust (informal), aristos (informal)
Translations
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proletariat

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proletariat

[ˌprəʊlɪˈtɛəriət] nprolétariat m
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proletariat

nProletariat nt

proletariat

[ˌprəʊləˈtɛərɪət] nproletariato
References in classic literature ?
Our epoch, the epoch of the bourgeoisie, possesses, however, this distinctive feature: it has simplified the class antagonisms: Society as a whole is more and more splitting up into two great hostile camps, into two great classes, directly facing each other: Bourgeoisie and Proletariat.
capital, is developed, in the same proportion is the proletariat, the modern working class, developed -- a class of labourers, who live only so long as they find work, and who find work only so long as their labour increases capital.
Thus the proletariat is recruited from all classes of the population.
The proletariat goes through various stages of development.
I know that the Church has lost the--what you call the proletariat.
The proletariat has grown up outside the Church and without the Church.
And there, a century and a half ago, originated the modern proletariat," Ernest continued.
And so all over the world two classes were forming, with an unbridged chasm between them--the capitalist class, with its enormous fortunes, and the proletariat, bound into slavery by unseen chains.
Ostrinski explained the organization of the party, the machinery by which the proletariat was educating itself.
It would not do, Ostrinski explained, for the proletariat of one nation to achieve the victory, for that nation would be crushed by the military power of the others; and so the Socialist movement was a world movement, an organization of all mankind to establish liberty and fraternity.
He could see that she was vastly impressed by this vague talk, so he endorsed his pose by random insinuations concerning great wealth, and mentioned familiarly a few names that are handled reverently by the proletariat.
Well, the superfluous proletariat destroyed, there will remain a population of capitalists living on gratuitous imports and served by a disaffected retinue.