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underclass

[ uhn-der-klas, -klahs ]
/ ˈʌn dərˌklæs, -ˌklɑs /
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noun

a social stratum consisting of impoverished persons with very low social status.

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Origin of underclass

First recorded in 1915–20; under- + class

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underclass
/ (ˈʌndəˌklɑːs) /

noun

a class beneath the usual social scale consisting of the most disadvantaged people, such as the unemployed in inner cities
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