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lower-class

[loh-er-klas, -klahs] /ˈloʊ ərˈklæs, -ˈklɑs/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or characteristic of the lower class:
lower-class values.
Origin of lower-class
1890-1895
First recorded in 1890-95

lower class

[loh-er] /ˈloʊ ər/
noun
1.
a class of people below the middle class, having the lowest social rank or standing due to low income, lack of skills or education, and the like.
2.
(broadly) working class.
Origin
First recorded in 1765-75
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  • Swallowed in the vortex of lower-class life of Paris—dead, probably.

    The White Lie William Le Queux
  • But it resembled some lower-class citizen's family carryall.

    Final Weapon Everett B. Cole
  • The photoplays have done something to reunite the lower-class families.

  • It is only the lower-class women who sleep on the house-tops.

    Rudyard Kipling

    John Palmer
  • Josephina is Finn and lower-class with a foreign look, and she is forty-five and looks sixty and is twelve years out of Finland.

    I, Mary MacLane Mary MacLane
  • This is generally occupied by some lower-class deity, who is just beginning to be considered respectable.

  • It is undoubtedly true that a large portion of the lower-class Irish consider it no disgrace to beg from an American.

    The Charm of Ireland

    Burton Egbert Stevenson
British Dictionary definitions for lower-class

lower class

noun
1.
the social stratum having the lowest position in the social hierarchy Compare middle class, upper class, working class
adjective
2.
of or relating to the lower class
3.
inferior or vulgar
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