Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state or character of being plebeian; the conduct or manners of plebeians; vulgarity.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The quality or state of being plebeian.
  • noun The conduct or manners of plebeians; vulgarity.

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  • noun The quality or state of being plebeian.
  • noun The conduct or manners of plebeians; vulgarity.

Etymologies

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plebeian +‎ -ism; compare French plébéianisme.

Examples

  • The proper course, according to the practice of travelling nobodies, desirous of intruding their plebeianism into a foreign court, would have been to apply to their ambassadors.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 61, No. 380, June, 1847

  • The Conqueror never escaped the reproach of his birth, into which bastardy and plebeianism entered in equal proportions.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 108, October, 1866

  • His egotism was never flagrant or tiresome -- he was never crude in it, for crudeness was a plebeianism that the Hon.

    The Son of Tarzan

  • His egotism was never flagrant or tiresome -- he was never crude in it, for crudeness was a plebeianism that the Hon.

    Son of Tarzan

  • With the ancient Greeks, the plebeian qualities were not all virtues by any means; they retained through their great age many of the vices of plebeianism.

    The Crest-Wave of Evolution A Course of Lectures in History, Given to the Graduates' Class in the Raja-Yoga College, Point Loma, in the College-Year 1918-19

  • What makes London interesting is its red streak of plebeianism; -- well, I repeat, I think it really dreadful that we should not know even by name the men who make our laws, who are making history, who may be called upon at any moment to decide our fate among nations.

    Senator North

  • The prospect of a greater equality, of a universal plebeianism, turned the heads of the shopkeepers, mechanics, and labouring men, who had voted hitherto with the Federalist party through admiration of its leaders and their great achievements.

    The Conqueror

  • The plebeianism of his father showed itself in the ungainly shell, in the indifference to personal cleanliness, and in the mongrel spirit which drove him to acts of physical cowardice for which his apologists blush.

    The Conqueror

  • If, as Pudor insists, nakedness is aristocratic and the slavery of clothes a plebeian characteristic imposed on the lower classes by an upper class who reserved to themselves the privilege of physical culture, we may perhaps connect this with the outburst of democratic plebeianism which, as Nietzsche pointed out, reached its climax in the nineteenth century.

    Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 6 Sex in Relation to Society

  • And who are Mr. Helps and Miss Emma Fisher and the 'many others,' whose company brings one down to the right plebeianism?

    The Letters of Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett

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