Wednesday, June 06, 2007
lumpen adjective [LUHM-puhn; LUM-puhn] Of or relating to dispossessed and displaced individuals, especially those who have lost social status.
Definitions for lumpen
- Of or relating to dispossessed and displaced individuals, especially those who have lost social status.
- Common; vulgar.
- A member the underclass, especially the lowest social stratum.
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Citations for lumpen
. . .an academic sweatshop where underpaid lumpen intellectuals slave for a pittance.
If traditionally cricket has been the game of the elite, and football strictly for the lumpen masses, all that's changed now.
Origin of lumpen
Lumpen is from German Lumpenproletariat, "degraded stratum of the proletariat," from Lump, "a contemptible person" (from Lumpen, "rags") + Proletariat, "proletariat," from French.