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lumpen

[ luhm-puhn ]
/ ˈlʌm pən /
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adjective
of or relating to disfranchised and uprooted individuals or groups, especially those who have lost status: the lumpen bourgeoisie.
noun
a lumpen individual or group.
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Origin of lumpen

First recorded in 1945–50; extracted from lumpenproletariat
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How to use lumpen in a sentence

  • Such are the celebrated barefoot brigade, the eternal vagabonds, the "lumpen-proletariat" of Gorky's early works.

British Dictionary definitions for lumpen

lumpen
/ (ˈlʌmpən) /

adjective
informal stupid or unthinking

Word Origin for lumpen

from German Lump vagabond, influenced in meaning by Lumpen rag, as in lumpenproletariat
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