class struggle

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  1. Also called class conflict. conflict between different classes in a community resulting from different social or economic positions and reflecting opposed interests.

  2. Also called class war, class warfare. (in Marxist thought) the struggle for political and economic power carried on between capitalists and workers.

Origin of class struggle

First recorded in 1840–50 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use class struggle in a sentence

  • It is rather social clash, an irreconciled conflict of moral standards and purposes, the most serious form of class warfare.

  • What is their industrial and class warfare but an attempt to enforce the doctrine of might is right?

    What Germany Thinks | Thomas F. A. Smith
  • You mean it, of course, the other way about—of merging our religion in class warfare.

    Brother Copas | Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • Class warfare is among Englishmen a quite normal, healthy function of the body politic: it keeps the blood circulating.

    Brother Copas | Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • Nor will the philosophy of class warfare serve this new need.

    A Preface to Politics | Walter Lippmann

British Dictionary definitions for class struggle

class struggle

  1. the class struggle marxism the continual conflict between the capitalist and working classes for economic and political power: Also known as: the class war

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Cultural definitions for class struggle

class struggle

The idea, associated with Karl Marx (see also Marx), that conflict between the bourgeoisie and the proletariat (see also proletariat) is inevitable and will result in the triumph of socialism over capitalism.

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