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leisure class definition


The rich, so called because they can afford not to work. The term was made current by the economist Thorstein Veblen in his book The Theory of the Leisure Class.

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  • Gibb Ogle, the other member of our leisure class, is a very different kind of a bird.

    Homeburg Memories George Helgesen Fitch
  • On a new planet there is no leisure class among the colonists.

    Adaptation Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • Daly, being what is termed a self-made man, entertained a prejudice against youths of the leisure class.

    The Blazed Trail Stewart Edward White
  • In a republic there is no room for a leisure class that is not useful.

    The Complete Essays of C. D. Warner Charles Dudley Warner
  • The idea of a leisure class is not fully acclimatized there.

    The Spirit of America Henry Van Dyke
  • You seem to forget, Ardy, that I'm not one of your American leisure class.

    The Little Brown Jug at Kildare Meredith Nicholson
  • Here we have a leisure class, but it is so small as to be negligible, and it is commonly despised.

    Teaching the Child Patriotism Kate Upson Clarke
  • "But a leisure class doesn't mean a class that does nothing," said Cecily.

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