Definition of underclass in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈəndərˌklas/


The lowest social stratum in a country or community, consisting of the poor and unemployed.
Example sentences
  • No city has succeeded when it has two spatially segregated underclasses.
  • The two sections of society most damaged by the growing paralysis in social mobility are the lower middle class and the underclass at the bottom of the heap.
  • Yet, the nouveau riche are vastly outnumbered by a huge underclass of desperately poor people.

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Syllabification: un·der·class

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