- the bourgeois class.
- (in Marxist theory) the class that, in contrast to the proletariat or wage-earning class, is primarily concerned with property values.
Origin of bourgeoisie
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Examples from the Web for bourgeoisie
The only thing missing from this bill of particulars was elimination of the bourgeoisie.Communism's Victims Deserve a Museum
August 25, 2014
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’
September 6, 2013
But if Portnoy is himself our satirist, he is merely shocking the bourgeoisie in rather conventional ways.Who Is Philip Roth’s Portnoy Satirizing?
August 28, 2012
Despairing of the noblesse he went among the bourgeoisie with that hope.Night and Morning, Complete
Everything is settled between the clergy, the nobility, and the bourgeoisie.The Fortune of the Rougons
He alone will force the bourgeoisie to their knees and establish the rule of the people.The Solar Magnet
Sterner St. Paul Meek
He used to say that the bourgeoisie, the smug, overfed lot, had killed them.A Set of Six
We answered the distress call of the Cadets and the bourgeoisie!The Crimson Tide
Robert W. Chambers
- 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
Word Origin and History for bourgeoisie
1707, "body of freemen in a French town; the French middle class," from French bourgeois, from Old French burgeis, borjois (12c.) "town dweller" (as distinct from "peasant"), from borc "town, village," from Frankish *burg "city" (see borough). Communist use for "the capitalist class generally" attested from 1886.
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).