from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Lacking opportunities or advantages enjoyed by other members of one's community; deprived.
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- adj. Deprived of the opportunities and advantages of other members of one's community.
- n. A deprived person; deprived people.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. lacking the rights and advantages of other members of society
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To say someone is underprivileged suggests that there are privileges to which everyone is entitled, and I think you can see the term underprivileged gradually leading to the sense of entitlement that we have today.
MR. RANDALL: Every phase of the service to the underprivileged is a phase of business obligation.
The group's stated hope is that their movement will spread to cities nationwide and alert America to the fact that the "thin-cats" as they are calling the underprivileged need to be given a serious wake-up call.
SHAWCO is a student run organisation at UCT that does outstanding work in underprivileged communities throughout Cape Town.
“DirectBuy’s contribution will eventually help hundreds of students in underprivileged schools.”
Proponents of educational choice tend to focus on the underprivileged, which is understandable given that low-income kids are overrepresented in failing inner-city public schools.
He talks about the difficulty he was having fitting in because he looked black but had a white mother and was not raised underprivileged, which is exactly why he kept choosing radical friends, to prove his authenticity with those he was trying to impress.
I am not denying that there are a lot of people out there with financial problems, I was denying that they are "underprivileged".
By the United States Constitution (oh wait, my bad, I forgot that you don't believe in it), Americans are entitled to success, they are entitled to equal opportunity to succeed - which your "underprivileged" underclass could do, if only they would lose the entitlement mentality and get off of welfare and get into the workforce and actually WORK for a living instead relying on government handouts!
We don't have an "underprivileged" underclass because there is no such thing.
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