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embourgeoisement

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Conversion to bourgeois values, loyalties, or tastes.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The taking-up of middle-class attitudes or values; bourgeoisification; the process of becoming affluent.

Etymologies

French, from bourgeois, bourgeois; see bourgeois.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French embourgeoisement. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • David Marquand, one of the central themes of the golden age was 'embourgeoisement': the spread to the working class of the job security, career ladders and lifestyles which had formerly been the prerogatives of the middle class.

    Archive 2009-08-01

  • We must therefore accept with all reserve the statements of those anarchizing socialists and bourgeois radicals who accuse the Socialist Party of "embourgeoisement" because it contains a certain number of small manufacturers and small traders.

    Political Parties; a Sociological Study of the Oligarchical Tendencies of Modern Democracy

  • It was the old Time formula that I remembered from more than 50 years ago when I tired of and stopped reading its treacle that recorded every week the latest milestone in the inexorable march of mid-America toward its apotheosis of gelatinous, platitudinous, universal, and permanent embourgeoisement: a premonitory Pleasantville.

    Conrad Black: Time's Fatuous and Egregious Coverage of Wall Street Prosecutor

  • Sadly, it has become much less black and Maghrehbian in the past 10 years as it has succumbed to the inner city embourgeoisement that has taken its absolute distinctiveness away.

    Matthew Yglesias » Charles Murray Sees Nonwhite People

  • And if they imagine that they are going to achieve anything desirable from the SEC, the supremely redundant appendix of American public life, or the under-worked, over-analyzed, colonnaded embourgeoisement of the American legal jungle complicit in the disappearance of the Bill of Rights into the sunset of simpler and more honest times, they are terminally naive.

    Conrad Black: My Manifesto For the Occupy Movement

  • But mom-and-pop retailers could also become a political vanguard, jumpstarting the embourgeoisement of the Chinese population.

    The Next Chinese Economy

  • The privatisation and embourgeoisement of customs surrounding death proceeded inexorably towards an English speaking world marked by Victorian forests of of obelisks, stone crosses and angels marking affectionate remembrance.

    The Book of Common Prayer, part 4: In the midst of life

  • The history of Italian Jews in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries is essentially a story of social integration and embourgeoisement, with the exception of the years of Fascism, the racial laws (1938) and World War II.

    Italy, Modern.

  • Curiously, we get a detour into the English word “gentrification,” “which can be translated as embourgeoisement”.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » 2004 » May

  • We have already discussed the drastic measures that have been proposed to prevent the embourgeoisement of the leaders of proletarian origin.

    Political Parties; a Sociological Study of the Oligarchical Tendencies of Modern Democracy

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  • But still you get twice the stipend.

    September 23, 2008

  • This is a fabulous word. If you pronounce it in French, you miss just about half the letters.

    September 23, 2008

  • "It was embourgeoisement of the common people that really alarmed him, for the greatest danger to the 'Second Estate' lay along its border with the 'Third.'"
    —Robert Darnton, The Great Cat Massacre, And Other Episodes in French Cultural History (New York: Vintage Books, 1984), 130

    September 22, 2008