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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [luhm-puh n-proh-li-tair-ee-uh t]
    • /ˈlʌm pənˌproʊ lɪˈtɛər i ət/
    • /lˌʌmpənprəʊltˈeərɪˌat/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [luhm-puh n-proh-li-tair-ee-uh t]
    • /ˈlʌm pənˌproʊ lɪˈtɛər i ət/

Definitions of lumpenproletariat word

  • noun lumpenproletariat the lowest level of the proletariat comprising unskilled workers, vagrants, and criminals and characterized by a lack of class identification and solidarity. 1
  • noun lumpenproletariat (especially in Marxist terminology) the unorganized and unpolitical lower orders of society who are not interested in revolutionary advancement. 1
  • noun lumpenproletariat (esp in Marxist theory) the amorphous urban social group below the proletariat, consisting of criminals, tramps, etc 0
  • noun lumpenproletariat (Marxism) the lowest stratum of the proletariat. 0
  • noun lumpenproletariat a social underclass; the riffraff. 0

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Origin of lumpenproletariat

First appearance:

before 1920
One of the 12% newest English words
1920-25; < German (Marx, 1850), equivalent to Lumpen rag or Lumpen-, combining form of Lump ragamuffin + Proletariat proletariat

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lumpenproletariat popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 39% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 51% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

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