- the class of wage earners, especially those who earn their living by manual labor or who are dependent for support on daily or casual employment; the working class.
- (in Marxist theory) the class of workers, especially industrial wage earners, who do not possess capital or property and must sell their labor to survive.
- the lowest or poorest class of people, possessing no property, especially in ancient Rome.
Origin of proletariat
Examples from the Web for proletariat
At the height of the Soviet Union, the proletariat universally understood everything their government said was a work of fiction.The Facts About Ferguson Matter, Dammit
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Ultimately, though, what saved the Okies was not proletariat revolution but another world war.Is There a Ma Joad for the Piketty Era?
July 1, 2014
In a post on his blog, Sprouse claims that he has become a member of the proletariat to feed his video game addiction.Taylor Swift Cast in ‘The Giver,’ Kimmel Laughs at Kanye ‘Rap Feud’
September 27, 2013
While Bolshevism was a dictatorship of the proletariat, Nazism was a dictatorship with a voting consensus behind it.Communism and Fascism: The Reason They Are So Similar
September 28, 2012
Many Socialist Jews were anti-Zionist because they believed the proletariat should unite across religious and ethnic lines.Israel's Democracy Hypocrisy
May 9, 2011
First of all it compels the proletariat to live in the most disgusting promiscuity.The Sexual Question
I thought the proletariat would have won, and you say it is all different.
They will exhaust themselves struggling against their proletariat.Under Western Eyes
Am I going to motor down to hear the protests of the proletariat to-night?An American Suffragette
Isaac N. Stevens
This is a distinct phase of the struggle of the proletariat everywhere.Socialism
- all wage-earners collectively
- the lower or working class
- (in Marxist theory) the class of wage-earners, esp industrial workers, in a capitalist society, whose only possession of significant material value is their labour
- (in ancient Rome) the lowest class of citizens, who had no property
Word Origin and History for proletariat
also proletariate, "the lowest class," 1853, from French prolétariat, from Latin proletarius (see proletarian). In political economics, "indigent wage-earners," from 1856. Leninist phrase dictatorship of the proletariat attested from 1918.
In Marxism, the industrial working class, people without property.