Usually the proletariat . in Marxist theory, the class made up of workers, especially industrial wage earners, who do not possess capital or property and must sell their labor to those who do in order to survive: The call of the proletariat is to overthrow the capitalist mode of production and finally abolish the whole class structure.A dictatorship of the proletariat is the first stage of the revolution.
Usually the proletariat . the class made up of wage earners, especially unskilled or semiskilled workers who earn their living by manual labor, often dependent on daily or casual employment and typically having low levels of education and disposable income; the working class.
the lowest or poorest class of people, possessing no property, especially in ancient Rome.
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- pro·le·tar·i·an, adjective, noun
- non·pro·le·tar·i·at, noun
- Compare bourgeoisie.
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How to use proletariat in a sentence
Under Stalin, and for years after his death in 1953, officially sanctioned artwork emphasized a Socialist Realist glorification of the heroic proletariat.Irina Antonova, grande dame of Russian cultural life, dies at 98 | Emily Langer | December 4, 2020 | Washington Post
At the height of the Soviet Union, the proletariat universally understood everything their government said was a work of fiction.
Some “new men” from peasant and artisan backgrounds rose, but many others became part of an impoverished proletariat.In the Future We'll All Be Renters: America's Disappearing Middle Class | Joel Kotkin | August 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Ultimately, though, what saved the Okies was not proletariat revolution but another world war.
In a post on his blog, Sprouse claims that he has become a member of the proletariat to feed his video game addiction.Taylor Swift Cast in ‘The Giver,’ Kimmel Laughs at Kanye ‘Rap Feud’ | Culture Team | September 27, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
While Bolshevism was a dictatorship of the proletariat, Nazism was a dictatorship with a voting consensus behind it.Communism and Fascism: The Reason They Are So Similar | J.P. O’Malley | September 28, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
The fact of compulsory education created a proletariat able and willing to read.Charles Baudelaire, His Life | Thophile Gautier
The thirst for culture has produced a great, hungry, intellectual proletariat.The Arena | Various
The higher technical education increases that intellectual proletariat which Bismarck saw to be a peril.Humanly Speaking | Samuel McChord Crothers
At the same time the state was overthrown by a political party, the Bolsheviks, who set up a dictatorship of the proletariat.The Book of Life: Vol. I Mind and Body; Vol. II Love and Society | Upton Sinclair
Discusses the dictatorship of the proletariat, and its chances for success in the United States.The Book of Life: Vol. I Mind and Body; Vol. II Love and Society | Upton Sinclair
British Dictionary definitions for proletariat
all wage-earners collectively
the lower or working class
(in Marxist theory) the class of wage-earners, esp industrial workers, in a capitalist society, whose only possession of significant material value is their labour
(in ancient Rome) the lowest class of citizens, who had no property
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Cultural definitions for proletariat (1 of 2)
In Marxism, the industrial working class, people without property.