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proletary

[proh-li-ter-ee]
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adjective, noun, plural pro·le·tar·ies.
  1. proletarian.
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Origin of proletary

1570–80; < Latin prōlētārius belonging to the lowest class of Roman citizens, i.e., those who contributed to the state only through their offspring, equivalent to prōlēt- (akin to prōlēs offspring; pro- pro-1 + -olēs (see adult)) + -ārius -ary
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Historical Examples

  • All this was very nourishing, not to say stimulating, to the starved soul of a proletary.

    The Price

    Francis Lynde

  • Bartrow went back to his mine, and with his going the doors of the St. James's dining-room opened no more to the proletary.

    The Helpers

    Francis Lynde

  • "Naturally," said Lansdale, having in mind the proletary's later reincarnations as vagrant and starveling.

    The Helpers

    Francis Lynde

  • It was for five hundred dollars, and the proletary's hand shook when he dipped the pen.

    The Helpers

    Francis Lynde

  • "Therefore, as I was about to say, the proletary draws to himself the money of the country," resumed Grossetete.

    The Village Rector

    Honore de Balzac