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class struggle

Also called class conflict. conflict between different classes in a community resulting from different social or economic positions and reflecting opposed interests.
Also called class war, class warfare. (in Marxist thought) the struggle for political and economic power carried on between capitalists and workers.
Origin of class struggle
1840-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for class struggle
Contemporary Examples
  • Mao invented the class struggle, which reached its zenith during the Cultural Revolution.

    Who's Hu? Huang Hung April 10, 2010
  • The old Marxist rhetoric of class struggle and equality is illusory.

    Fixing Honduras Marco Vicenzino November 27, 2009
Historical Examples
  • The law of May 31 was, accordingly, one of the necessities of the class struggle.

  • The class struggle, says the Socialist, is a law of social development.

    Socialism John Spargo
  • Theoretically, then, there exist in the United States all the factors which go to make a class struggle.

    War of the Classes Jack London
  • The class struggle theory is part of the economic interpretation of history.

    Socialism John Spargo
  • To the class struggle Loria does not refer at any length in this essay on Karl Marx.

    Karl Marx Achille Loria
  • This is the final aim and goal of the class struggle by the Socialist Party.

    Socialism As It Is William English Walling
  • No other class could remain in existence and the class struggle would be ended.

    Communism and Christianism William Montgomery Brown
  • We want to avoid, if possible, the evils of the class struggle.

British Dictionary definitions for class struggle

class struggle

(marxism) the class struggle, the continual conflict between the capitalist and working classes for economic and political power Also known as the class war
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class struggle in Culture

class struggle definition

The idea, associated with Karl Marx, that conflict between the bourgeoisie and the proletariat is inevitable and will result in the triumph of socialism over capitalism.

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Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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