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underclass Line breaks: under|class
Pronunciation: /ˈʌndəklɑːs/

Definition of underclass in English:


The lowest social stratum in a country or community, consisting of the poor and unemployed: they are an underclass who lack any stake in popular capitalism and who are caught in the dependency culture
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  • 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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