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noun
  1. Also called class conflict. conflict between different classes in a community resulting from different social or economic positions and reflecting opposed interests.
  2. Also called class war, class warfare. (in Marxist thought) the struggle for political and economic power carried on between capitalists and workers.

Origin of class struggle

First recorded in 1840–50
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Examples from the Web for class struggle

Historical Examples

  • It is the soul of the Marxian doctrine of the class-struggle, nay, of the whole Marxian system.

    The life and teaching of Karl Marx

    M. Beer

  • It is the class-struggle which is evolving new ideas of right (droit) in opposition to the existing law.

  • The strike, in the view of the syndicalists, is the manifestation of the class-struggle par excellence.

  • The fundamental idea of revolutionary syndicalism is the idea of class-struggle.

  • It is on the nature of that class-struggle in Britain that the security of life and property is fundamentally reposed.

    Liberalism and the Social Problem

    Winston Spencer Churchill


British Dictionary definitions for class struggle

class struggle

noun
  1. the class struggle marxism the continual conflict between the capitalist and working classes for economic and political powerAlso known as: the class war
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class struggle in Culture

class struggle

The idea, associated with Karl Marx (see also Marx), that conflict between the bourgeoisie and the proletariat (see also proletariat) is inevitable and will result in the triumph of socialism over capitalism.

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