- a social stratum consisting of impoverished persons with very low social status.
Origin of underclass
See collective noun.
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Examples from the Web for underclass
Reactions to both events are driven by ignorance, disregard, and dehumanization of an underclass of people of color.Ferguson, Immigration, and ‘Us Vs. Them’
November 27, 2014
Dig down, and we know why our dark and twisted fantasies of a suffering, angry American underclass have finally come true.The Real Nightmare of Ferguson
August 15, 2014
It was music from the underclass, the language of rent parties and cotton fields.The Stacks: How Leonard Chess Helped Make Muddy Waters
August 2, 2014
In fact, in Losing Ground, Murray boldly inverted the argument to explain the rise of an underclass.Answering a Murray Defender
February 8, 2012
The right has never understood that you run in states, and the underclass votes in critical states.House Republicans Hold Their Noses About Mitt Romney
November 22, 2011
It is not large enough to accommodate all of the students, and the underclass men attend mass elsewhere.One Irish Summer
William Eleroy Curtis
The goal of building the middle class and shrinking the underclass is also why I believe that you should raise the minimum wage.
- a class beneath the usual social scale consisting of the most disadvantaged people, such as the unemployed in inner cities
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Word Origin and History for underclass
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