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[proh-li-ter-ee] /ˈproʊ lɪˌtɛr i/
adjective, noun, plural proletaries.
Origin of proletary
1570-80; < Latin prōlētārius belonging to the lowest class of Roman citizens, i.e., those who contributed to the state only through their offspring, equivalent to prōlēt- (akin to prōlēs offspring; pro- pro-1 + -olēs (see adult)) + -ārius -ary Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • "Naturally," said Lansdale, having in mind the proletary's later reincarnations as vagrant and starveling.

    The Helpers Francis Lynde
  • All this was very nourishing, not to say stimulating, to the starved soul of a proletary.

    The Price Francis Lynde
  • Bartrow went back to his mine, and with his going the doors of the St. James's dining-room opened no more to the proletary.

    The Helpers Francis Lynde
  • It was for five hundred dollars, and the proletary's hand shook when he dipped the pen.

    The Helpers Francis Lynde
  • "Therefore, as I was about to say, the proletary draws to himself the money of the country," resumed Grossetete.

    The Village Rector Honore de Balzac

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