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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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