the-unwashed

unwashed

[uhn-wosht, -wawsht]
adjective
1.
not cleaned or purified by or as if by washing: unwashed dishes; the unwashed soul of a sinner.
2.
pertaining to or characteristic of the common people; untutored, unsophisticated, or ignorant; plebeian: the power of the unwashed electorate.
noun
3.
(used with a plural verb) an ignorant or lower-class group; rabble (usually preceded by the ): The author claimed that the unwashed would not understand his books.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English; see un-1, washed

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unwashed (ʌnˈwɒʃt)
 
adj
1.  not washed
 
pl n
2.  jocular, derogatory the great unwashed the masses

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unwashed
late 14c., from un- (1) "not" + pp. of wash (v.). Noun sense of "the lower class" is attested from 1830.
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