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un·der·class

 (ŭn′dər-klăs′)
n.
The lowest societal stratum, usually composed of the disadvantaged: "Divorced women and their children are becoming a new underclass" (Barbara Fisher Williamson).
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underclass

(ˈʌndəˌklɑːs)
n
(Sociology) a class beneath the usual social scale consisting of the most disadvantaged people, such as the unemployed in inner cities
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un•der•class

(ˈʌn dərˌklæs, -ˌklɑs)

n.
a social stratum consisting of persons living in persistent poverty and social isolation.
[1915–20]
usage: See collective noun.
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underclass

The lowest level in a society, consisting largely of the disadvantaged or permanently unemployed.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.underclass - the social class lowest in the social hierarchy
social class, socio-economic class, stratum, class - people having the same social, economic, or educational status; "the working class"; "an emerging professional class"
Adj.1.underclass - belonging to the lowest and least privileged social stratumunderclass - belonging to the lowest and least privileged social stratum; "underclass mothers and children"
underprivileged - lacking the rights and advantages of other members of society
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Translations

underclass

[ˈʌndəklɑːs] Nclase f inferior
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underclass

[ˈʌndərklɑːs] nquart-monde m
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underclass

[ˈʌndəˌklɑːs] nsottoproletariato
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In the short term, a minimum price of say pounds 100 per unit would genuinely deter all but the idle rich who, like the underclasses, are not of major benefit to society and can be considered similarly expendable.
Reed, Rogue Performances: Staging the Underclasses in Early American Theatre Culture.
He's traveled the world to document how similar underclasses were created by large entities like World Bank, and FLAT BROKE IN THE FREE MARKET: HOW GLOBALIZATION FLEECED WORKING PEOPLE offers damning evidence of the rituals and results of a free global economy.