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petty bourgeois

noun
Origin of petty bourgeois
1885-1890
1885-90
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  • Phellion, that type and model of the petty bourgeois, exhibited as many virtues as he did absurdities.

    The Lesser Bourgeoisie Honore de Balzac
  • Proudhon was the most typical representative of petty bourgeois socialism.

    Anarchism and Socialism George Plechanoff
  • His "League of Egoists" is only the Utopia of a petty bourgeois in revolt.

    Anarchism and Socialism George Plechanoff
  • But this point is always treated adroitly by the bourgeois critics of the Soviet rule and by their petty bourgeois aides.

    Bolshevism John Spargo
  • Every petty bourgeois in a democratic community has a chance of rising and wishes to do so.

    Fruitfulness Emile Zola
  • We have no desire here to criticise this petty bourgeois Utopia.

    Anarchism and Socialism George Plechanoff
  • They'll sit at table till ten o'clock, those people; the petty bourgeois sing at dessert, which is very bad form.

    Monsieur Cherami Charles Paul de Kock

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