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underclass

[uhn-der-klas, -klahs] /ˈʌn dərˌklæs, -ˌklɑs/
noun
1.
a social stratum consisting of impoverished persons with very low social status.
Origin
1915-1920
1915-20; under- + class
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British Dictionary definitions for underclass

underclass

/ˈʌndəˌklɑːs/
noun
1.
a class beneath the usual social scale consisting of the most disadvantaged people, such as the unemployed in inner cities
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Word Origin and History for underclass
n.

"subordinate social class," 1894, from under (adj.) + class (n.). A loan-translation of Swedish underklass.

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