lumpenproletariat [ luhm-p uh n-proh-li- tair-ee- uh t] Word Origin See more synonyms for lumpenproletariat on Thesaurus.com noun ( (esp. in Marxist theory) sometimes initial capital letter) the lowest level of the proletariat comprising unskilled workers, vagrants, and criminals and characterized by a lack of class identification and solidarity. Origin of lumpenproletariat 1920–25;
(Marx, 1850), equivalent to
combining form of
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British Dictionary definitions for lumpenproletariat (esp in Marxist theory) the amorphous urban social group below the proletariat, consisting of criminals, tramps, etc Word Origin
German, literally: ragged proletariat
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Word Origin and History for lumpenproletariat n.
1897, from German
Lumpenproletariat (1850), from Karl Marx, who coined it to mean "rabble, poorest of the working class," from German lump "ragamuffin" + proletariat. Secondary sense of "boorish, stupid people" led to lumpen- being taken as a suffix meaning "unenlightened."
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