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  • adj. of high social position
  • adj. aristocratic

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. occupying the highest socioeconomic position in a society


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  • Jewel thieves Fay Cheyney (Joan Crawford) and Charles (William Powell) operate successfully in English upper-class circles, she as a woman of mystery and he as a butler.

    Not the Girl Next Door

  • Raphael’s name, in English upper-class circles in 1506, did not yet excite the kind of thrill and associated mad desire that it would in later centuries.

    The Dragon’s Trail

  • Upper-class colonists had drunk just as heartily as their social inferiors before the War of Independence, but in the new nation, foreign visitors often commented that it was much more difficult to get a drink at an upper-class dinner party than it had been during the colonial era.

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • In 1908 Edison joined with nine other film companies—owned mostly by upper-class WASPs—to create the Motion Picture Patents Company, a monopoly that attempted to control the making, distribution, and showing of all movies in the United States.

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • The first respectable women to adopt the styles of prostitutes were women at the high and low ends of the economic scale: saleswomen in department stores, factory workers, and upper-class socialites.

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • Until then, respectable social dancing was limited to upper-class balls where, according to historian Lewis A.

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • Most upper-class “society” taverns barred women, and respectable women rarely drank in taverns, but fortunately, most taverns were low class and most women were not respectable.

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • White people the farthest from civilization were the most likely to dance without shame, such as the “inferior sort” of Scottish settlers in backcountry North Carolina observed by an upper-class traveler in 1729:

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • Among the chief suspects are technological changes that increased the value of higher education; globalization that exposed the working class to low-wage competition from abroad; changes in public policy that gave tax breaks to the well-off, undermined minimum wage laws, and discouraged unions; and the fading of social norms that had in the aftermath of the Great Depression and World War II restrained upper-class avarice.

    American Grace

  • As a matter of fact, political scientist Larry Bartels shows that cultural issues like abortion and same-sex marriage have the greatest impact on the votes cast by upper-class voters.18

    American Grace


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