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lumpen

[luhm-puh n] /ˈlʌm pən/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to disfranchised and uprooted individuals or groups, especially those who have lost status:
the lumpen bourgeoisie.
noun
2.
a lumpen individual or group.
Origin
1945-1950
1945-50; extracted from lumpenproletariat
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  • They answer to our basic, frequently camouflaged need to keep on moving, not to be wearied or ground down by a lumpen life.
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  • The traders thought their captives to be less-than-human lumpen and whipped them mercilessly for the merest offense.
British Dictionary definitions for lumpen

lumpen

/ˈlʌmpən/
adjective
1.
(informal) stupid or unthinking
Word Origin
from German Lump vagabond, influenced in meaning by Lumpen rag, as in lumpenproletariat
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