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leisure class

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The rich, so called because they can afford not to work. The term was made current by the economist Thorstein Veblen in his book The Theory of the Leisure Class.

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  • On a new planet there is no leisure class among the colonists.

    Adaptation Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • Veblen describes the process admirably in his "Theory of the leisure class."

    The Next Step

    Scott Nearing
  • In a republic there is no room for a leisure class that is not useful.

    The Complete Essays of C. D. Warner Charles Dudley Warner
  • The idea of a leisure class is not fully acclimatized there.

    The Spirit of America Henry Van Dyke
  • The leisure class of France is unreservedly a leisure class.

    In Vanity Fair

    Eleanor Hoyt Brainerd
  • You seem to forget, Ardy, that I'm not one of your American leisure class.

    The Little Brown Jug at Kildare Meredith Nicholson
  • Policemen are the only leisure class in this country, aren't they?

    A Top-Floor Idyl

    George van Schaick
  • This is the really meritorious function of the leisure class.

    The Women of Tomorrow William Hard

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