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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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  • It is the class-struggle which is evolving new ideas of right (droit) in opposition to the existing law.

    Syndicalism in France Louis Levine
  • The fundamental idea of revolutionary syndicalism is the idea of class-struggle.

    Syndicalism in France Louis Levine
  • It is the soul of the Marxian doctrine of the class-struggle, nay, of the whole Marxian system.

  • The strike, in the view of the syndicalists, is the manifestation of the class-struggle par excellence.

    Syndicalism in France Louis Levine
  • It is on the nature of that class-struggle in Britain that the security of life and property is fundamentally reposed.

    Liberalism and the Social Problem Winston Spencer Churchill
  • Whosoever repudiates the political struggle by this very act, gives up all part and lot in the class-struggle.

    Anarchism and Socialism George Plechanoff
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.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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