Definition of bourgeois in English:

bourgeois

Syllabification: bour·geois
Pronunciation: /bo͝orˈZHwä, ˈbo͝orZHwä
 
 
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adjective

  • 1Of 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.
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  • 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

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 bourg. Compare with burgess.

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