[ luhm-puhn ]
/ ˈlʌm pən /
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of or relating to disfranchised and uprooted individuals or groups, especially those who have lost status: the lumpen bourgeoisie.
a lumpen individual or group.
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Origin of lumpen
First recorded in 1945–50; extracted from lumpenproletariat
Words nearby lumpen
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Example sentences from the Web for lumpen
Such are the celebrated barefoot brigade, the eternal vagabonds, the "lumpen-proletariat" of Gorky's early works.Contemporary Russian Novelists|Serge Persky
British Dictionary definitions for lumpen
/ (ˈlʌmpən) /
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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