from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The social class constituted by peasants.
- n. The condition, rank, or conduct of a peasant.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Impoverished rural farm workers, either as serfs, small freeholders or hired hands.
- n. Ignorant people of the lowest social status; bumpkins, rustics.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Peasants, collectively; the body of rustics.
- n. Rusticity; coarseness.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Peasants collectively; a body of peasants.
- n. Rusticity; coarseness.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the class of peasants
Of course, I described it as the petition of the nobility, clergy, gentry, yeomanry, and peasantry of the county of ----; and, could you believe it, they struck out _peasantry_ as
The regent's arrival soon spread throughout the province, and the hall of the castle was speedily crowded with chieftains, come to pay their respects to their benefactor; while an army of grateful peasantry from the hills filled the suburbs of the town, begging for one glance only of their beloved lord.
The lot of women among the tribes, and among the peasantry, is not, from all I hear, an unhappy one.
Was it Mao who said the peasantry is the sea in which revolutionaries swim?
Only after the post-war GI Bill-higher education advancement by the peasantry was the Counsel free to justify society's ACTUAL breakdown into godlessness and the current state of society today.
The peasantry are a handsome intelligent race; and there was a gladsome sunny heaven spread over us, that rendered home and every scene we visited cheerful and bright.
Below the peasantry was a slave class, some state-owned and some in private hands.
This means that it must be understood clearly that the revolution which represents the basic interests of the workers 'class and the peasantry is a process, and that in this process it is necessary to try to win over the largest possible number of the elements in the middle population sectors.
When he wished to express his affection in the vivacious and significant manner ordinarily employed among the peasantry, that is to say, by vigorous embracing and resounding kisses, he met with unexpected resistance.
In this village are three priests, (Greek orthodox,) idle, ignorant, and coarse men; but the peasantry are a bold set of fellows, speaking and acting very independently of clerical domination, -- very indifferent as to whether they shall turn Protestants or Papists.
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