from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The lowest societal stratum, usually composed of the disadvantaged: "Divorced women and their children are becoming a new underclass” ( Barbara Fisher Williamson).
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- n. the poorest class of people in a given society
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- n. the social class lowest in the social hierarchy
- adj. belonging to the lowest and least privileged social stratum
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When they scream and shout ae each other and their children, the underclass is the nicest thing that springs to mind.
In fact the i would suggest that the influence of the underclass is actually leading to the re-establishment of class boundaries.
And where are you getting your info that “the underclass is the last to have an abortion” — as if it is a problem of williness to take responsibility.
Seaneen and others like you, I think it's a crying shame that you put yourselves so readily in the category which you term the underclass (your term and the Daily Mail's term, certinaly not mine).
I am afraid that the first hurdle to solving the problem of the criminal underclass is the current ‘Human’ rights act.
Well to be honest I, as a MOP, would just like to see the vermin underclass get their comeuppance.
Importing a racial underclass is a most unwise thing to do.
To even dare to suggest the importation and creation of a racial underclass is unwise is blasphemy of the highest order to our current social engineers (who of course always know what is best for us).
The difference between the political elite and the underclass is that the political elite has _unlimited_ rights. on February 16, 2009 at 9: 39 pm | Reply Steve Edwards
McMillan's combination of boisterous humor and real compassion, both for the old and the underclass, is deeply impressive. '