Definition of proletarian adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌprəʊləˈteəriən//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌproʊləˈteriən//
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connected with ordinary people who earn money by working, especially those who do not own any property Marx hoped that the proletarian revolution would soon follow. There was a growing left-wing bias of proletarian sympathies among leading artists and writers. compare bourgeois Word Originmid 17th cent.: from Latin proletarius (from proles ‘offspring’), denoting a person having no wealth in property, who only served the state by producing children, + -an.

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