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.
In his book The Unheavenly City, the economist Edward Banfield argued that the lower class is present-oriented to a pathological extent:
The area was lower class with mini marts, gas stations, and pizza parlors.
Vern was anxious that he not be confused with the lower class of Grumley, whom Brother Richard was known to despise.