Part of speech:

Formerly, the lower classes, peasantry.

Part of speech:

In modern socialistic use, wage- workers collectively; working men and their families.

Part of speech: noun


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Usage examples "proletariat":

  1. The proletariat, in his opinion, must be put down and kept down; that his own class began to show a lamentable want of power to do either was the only public matter that ever really troubled him. - "The Mating of Lydia", Mrs. Humphry Ward.
  2. The proposal for a sudden dictatorship of the proletariat is an attempt to do away with the intervening time of preparation; the resistance to all sharing of responsibility an attempt to deny the alteration of human capacity in the course of time. - "Public Opinion", Walter Lippmann.
  3. As our numbers grow, farms become relatively scarce, and a class of tenant farmers and an agricultural proletariat develop. - "American World Policies", Walter E. Weyl.