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petty bourgeoisie

Origin of petty bourgeoisie
First recorded in 1840-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The petty bourgeoisie was represented, but not the great capitalists.


    John Spargo
  • The petty bourgeoisie, great in boasting, is very impotent for action, and very shy in risking anything.

  • And yet the movement, having once got into the hands of the petty bourgeoisie, was ruined from its very beginning.

  • In turn, the aristocracy, high finance, petty bourgeoisie and the large middle classes in general gained political ascendancy.

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