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The lowest societal stratum, usually composed of the disadvantaged: "Divorced women and their children are becoming a new underclass" (Barbara Fisher Williamson).
(Sociology) a class beneath the usual social scale consisting of the most disadvantaged people, such as the unemployed in inner cities
un•der•class(ˈʌn dərˌklæs, -ˌklɑs)
a social stratum consisting of persons living in persistent poverty and social isolation.
usage: See collective noun.
The lowest level in a society, consisting largely of the disadvantaged or permanently unemployed.
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|Noun||1.||underclass - the social class lowest in the social hierarchy|
|Adj.||1.||underclass - belonging to the lowest and least privileged social stratum; "underclass mothers and children"|
underprivileged - lacking the rights and advantages of other members of society