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Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Definitions for plebeian

  1. Of or pertaining to the Roman plebs, or common people.
  2. Of or pertaining to the common people.
  3. Vulgar; common; crude or coarse in nature or manner.

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Citations for plebeian
He was unashamed of his plebeian roots but keen to provide himself with aristocratic forebears. Graham Robb, Victor Hugo
During the Soviet era, anyone of any ethnic background who did the dirty deeds demanded of them to get ahead was rewarded with a crummy but better-than-average apartment, a steady supply of cheap sausage and low-grade vodka, and a host of other plebeian amenities too dull to talk about here. Jeffrey Tayler, The Atlantic
Origin of plebeian
1525-1535
Plebeian is from Latin plebeius, from plebs, plebis, "the common people."