lumpenproletariat

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from German Lumpenproletariat, which is Lumpen (rag) + French prolétariat, from Latin proletarius, the lowest class of Roman citizen.

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  • IPA(key): /lɐmpənproʊləˈtɛɹiət/

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lumpenproletariat (plural lumpenproletariats)

  1. (Marxism) the lowest stratum of the proletariat
  2. a social underclass; the riffraff

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