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Definition: Proletariat

Quick Summary of Proletariat

A social class comprising those who do manual labour or work for wages

What is the dictionary definition of Proletariat?

Dictionary Definition

Workers or working-class people, regarded collectively (often used with reference to Marxism).

The proletariat ( from Latin proletarius “producing offspring”) is the class of wage-earners in an economic society whose only possession of significant material value is their labour-power (how much work they can do).

  1. The working-class or lower class.
  2. The wage-earners collectively, excluding salaried workers.
  3. history In ancient Rome, the lowest class of citizens, who had no property.

Full Definition of Proletariat

A term used to describe the lower working-class, which is mostly composed of wage workers. Each civilization categorises the group differently. Some consider only destitute individuals as proletariat and some consider any wage worker as the proletariat. The term is derived from the Marxist ideology, which is based on Karl Marx’ Communist Manifesto.

Synonyms For Proletariat

populace, rank and file, working-class, masses, rabble

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Definition Sources

Definitions for Proletariat are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

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