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underclass

Syllabification: un·der·class
Pronunciation: /ˈəndərˌklas
 
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Definition of underclass in English:

noun

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.

Words that rhyme with underclass

fibreglass (US fiberglass)

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