a class of people below the middle class, having the lowest social rank or standing due to low income, lack of skills or education, and the like.
(broadly) working class.
Other definitions for lower-class (2 of 2)
of, relating to, or characteristic of the lower class: lower-class values.
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How to use lower class in a sentence
If there is no such vacancy, said employee will have the right of competition for retention in equal and the next successively lower classes in which he or she has served satisfactorily.Defund the Police? Here’s What’s Actually Possible in San Diego | Ashly McGlone | December 17, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
The differences between men’s and women’s coping methods may have derived from the gendered behavior in their lives before the war, in which men ate and women cooked – at least in the middle and lower classes.Auschwitz: Women Used Different Survival And Sabotage Strategies Than Men At Nazi Death Camp | LGBTQ-Editor | April 19, 2020 | No Straight News
But, Farrell found that almost all the women she spoke to were from lower-class farming families.
The number who feel lower class has swelled from 25% in 2008 to an almost doubled 49% in 2014 according to CNN.Is Crowdsourced Labor the Future of Middle Class Employment? | Sarah Kunst | March 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The upper middle class, in short, becomes just as “lazy” as the lower class is said to appear in the Republican imagination.The Super-Rich Want to Help The Poor As Long As They Get to Run the World | James Poulos | March 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The show is about the Belchers, a lower class family who owns and operates a burger joint.The Best TV Shows of 2013: ‘Orange Is the New Black,’ ‘Breaking Bad’ and More | Kevin Fallon | December 13, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Behind her back they called Thatcher “Hilda”—her middle name—because of its lower-class origins.
The lower class were idle and lazy, and willing to serve any sovereign who appealed to them by ostentation.Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
From this state it progresses by successive stages, each of which has some relation in form to a lower class.Man And His Ancestor | Charles Morris
Well, digging back in my sociology courses, I would say it was upper-lower class, if there is such a classification.Warren Commission (11 of 26): Hearings Vol. XI (of 15) | The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
For the most part, it is upon women of the lower class that the property-laws most hardly press.The College, the Market, and the Court | Caroline H. Dall
Then, among the peasantry or lower class—Here are Seven Hundred who stood well where he planted them.History of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. XVIII. (of XXI.) | Thomas Carlyle
British Dictionary definitions for lower class
of or relating to the lower class
inferior or vulgar
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