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

  • n. The socioeconomic class or classes of lower than middle rank in a society.

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  • n. A class of people in a society characterized by low income, low level of education, high unemployment and, as a result of these, a low social status.


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  • The Indians, and lower class of Mexicans in the vicinity of San Luis Potosi, are confined either in a kneeling position partially suspended, or sitting upon the floor.

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  • In his book The Unheavenly City, the economist Edward Banfield argued that the lower class is present-oriented to a pathological extent:

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  • The area was lower class with mini marts, gas stations, and pizza parlors.

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  • Vern was anxious that he not be confused with the lower class of Grumley, whom Brother Richard was known to despise.

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