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- n. the state of being a peasant
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John and Peter and Charles, and they tilled the soil of France; but on their bowed shoulders rests the universal burden; these dumb figures are eloquent of the uncomplaining, hopeless "peasanthood" of the world.
Mr. Deb, who describes himself as only two generations removed from illiterate peasanthood, writes with unfailing clarity if not always with flair.
Scattered in the greenery were the blank metal-sided workshops and warehouses of contemporary agriculture, suggestive more of light industry than of peasanthood.
Then we have cities and nations, finally the soulless world cities and a devastating struggle for power, a series of frightful wars which sweep men to fellahdom, and so to primitiveness, and on to a new peasanthood.
We all might agree that women aren’t on a retrograde slide to 18th century Irish peasanthood … although arguably an Irish peasant woman probably had pretty much equal rights with her equally oppressed peasant husband, but I digress … but he doesn’t convince me that the gender gap is really getting smaller.
Not long before that, most of the world believed that royalty were innately special, and that being born rich was a sign of God’s approval, while peasanthood implied that you’d done something to deserve it.