the bourgeois class.
(in Marxist theory) the class that, in contrast to the proletariat or wage-earning class, is primarily concerned with property values.
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How to use bourgeoisie in a sentence
The only thing missing from this bill of particulars was elimination of the bourgeoisie.
They center around two white bourgeoisie women who are the fish out of a water and love proving they can be that dehydrated fish.Orange Is the New Weeds: The Adventures of Jenji Kohan Across the 8th Dimension | Rich Goldstein, Emily Shire | August 18, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
First we have to over-throw the bourgeoisie through revolution and change the relations of production.Is This a Book Worth Saving? Considering ‘The Art of Joy’ | Lauren Elkin | September 6, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Raised in a sophisticated Jewish family, an integral part of the Prague haute bourgeoisie, her father was a wealthy banker.At U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Anniversary, One Survivor’s Quest Continues | Sandra McElwaine | April 29, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
But if Portnoy is himself our satirist, he is merely shocking the bourgeoisie in rather conventional ways.
He was the fourth son of a good bourgeoisie family of Autun, a faithful prelate, an obstinate Royalist and a man of intelligence.
Although a bourgeoisie of strict ideas, Mme. du Bruel welcomed the dancer Tullia, who became her daughter-in-law.
Nevertheless she continued to play the lady of propriety and found entrance into bourgeoisie society.
Her family—that of the bourgeoisie of Nancy—fooled Castanier about the size of her dowry and her "expectations."
The book stirred literary France to its depths, and shook bourgeoisie France with horror.Charles Baudelaire, His Life | Thophile Gautier
British Dictionary definitions for bourgeoisie
the middle classes
(in Marxist thought) the ruling class of the two basic classes of capitalist society, consisting of capitalists, manufacturers, bankers, and other employers. The bourgeoisie owns the most important of the means of production, through which it exploits the working class
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Cultural definitions for bourgeoisie
In general, the middle class. Applied to the Middle Ages, it refers to townspeople, who were neither nobles nor peasants. In Marxism it refers to those who control the means of production and do not live directly by the sale of their labor. Karl Marx (see also Marx) distinguished between the “haute” (high) bourgeoisie (industrialists and financiers) and the “petite” (small or “petty”) bourgeoisie (shopkeepers, self-employed artisans, lawyers). Marxism postulates a fundamental conflict between the interests of the bourgeoisie and those of the propertyless workers, the proletariat (see also proletariat).
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