class consciousness

class con·scious·ness
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [klas, klahs kon-shuh s-nis]
    • /klæs, klɑs ˈkɒn ʃəs nɪs/
    • /klɑːs ˈkɒn.ʃəs.nəs/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [klas, klahs kon-shuh s-nis]
    • /klæs, klɑs ˈkɒn ʃəs nɪs/

Definitions of class consciousness words

  • noun class consciousness awareness of belonging to a particular social rank or grade 3
  • noun class consciousness an awareness of belonging to a class in the social order, with definite economic interests; sense of class solidarity 3
  • noun class consciousness awareness of one's own social or economic rank in society. 1
  • noun class consciousness a feeling of identification and solidarity with those belonging to the same social or economic class as oneself. 1
  • noun class consciousness awareness of social differences 1

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Origin of class consciousness

First appearance:

before 1885
One of the 21% newest English words
First recorded in 1885-90

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Parts of speech for Class consciousness


class consciousness popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 55% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
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Synonyms for class consciousness

noun class consciousness

  • discrimination — an act or instance of discriminating, or of making a distinction.
  • snobbery — snobbish character, conduct, trait, or act.
  • class struggle — in Marxism, the constant economic and political struggle held to exist between social classes regarded as exploiting and those regarded as exploited; specif., in capitalist countries, the struggle between capitalists (bourgeoisie) and workers (proletariat)

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