Definition of bourgeois in English:

bourgeois

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Pronunciation: /ˈbʊəʒwɑː
 
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adjective

1Belonging to or characteristic of the middle class, typically with reference to its perceived materialistic values or conventional attitudes: a rich, bored, bourgeois family these views will shock the bourgeois critics
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  • What is remembered is their immorality and their rejection of bourgeois values applied to family, society and the formal concept of beauty.
  • In fact, throughout the 19th century, the French state was a bourgeois state which echoed middle-class needs and values.
  • Illegitimacy, welfare dependency, and criminality were more prevalent than in the South, with its much stronger bourgeois values.
Synonyms
1.1(In Marxist contexts) upholding the interests of capitalism; not communist: bourgeois society took for granted the sanctity of property
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  • The social democrats gambled on bourgeois democracy and the stability of capitalism.
  • British capitalism is a bourgeois democracy, and both bits of that label are important.
  • At one point, Communists said that bourgeois democracy was a step forward from feudalism.
Synonyms
capitalistic, materialistic, money-oriented, commercial
informal , derogatory yuppie

noun (plural same)

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A bourgeois person: a self-confessed and proud bourgeois
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  • At the end of 1968, a group of student rebels accused Li of being a ‘newly born bourgeois.’
  • The play fails as tragedy not because Willy is a struggling bourgeois rather than a man of stature, but because he lacks the element of choice. He is a victim, not an anti-hero.
  • The rise of relativism, and its inevitable corollary, nihilism, represents the triumph of the bourgeois.
Synonyms
member of the middle class, property owner

Origin

mid 16th century: from French, from late Latin burgus 'castle' (in medieval Latin 'fortified town'), ultimately of Germanic origin and related to borough. Compare with burgess.

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