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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The lowest societal stratum, usually composed of the disadvantaged.

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  • noun the poorest class of people in a given society

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  • noun the social class lowest in the social hierarchy
  • adjective belonging to the lowest and least privileged social stratum

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