Definition of proletarian in English:

proletarian

Syllabification: pro·le·tar·i·an
Pronunciation: /ˌprōliˈte(ə)rēən
 
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adjective

  • Of or relating to the proletariat: a proletarian ideology
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    • The argument was that since the era had not changed there could not be any new ‘ism’, or overall development of proletarian ideology, after Leninism.
    • Far from being utopian, the Marxist perspective of proletarian internationalism is based on the fact that capitalism has integrated the world economy into a mighty, interconnected whole.
    • As we have already demonstrated on the basis of the historical record, Cannon's struggle against Pabloism was the highpoint of his life as a Marxist revolutionary and proletarian internationalist.
    Synonyms
    working-class, plebeian, common, blue-collar

noun

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  • A member of the proletariat.
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    • It's not special privileges for the proletarians and working classes, but more rights for workers and government employees, and equality between the different jobs.
    • The New Economy of globalised capital flows thus creates a new division of capitalists and proletarians - owners and workers.
    • Now the peasantry is being transformed everywhere into proletarians and the middle classes in the advanced capitalist countries are likewise being turned into wage workers.
    Synonyms
    working-class person, worker, blue-collar worker, plebeian, commoner, man/woman/person in the street
    derogatory prole

Derivatives

proletarianism

Pronunciation: /-ˌnizəm/
noun
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  • For decades, the communist machine has worked to fragment national communities and replace ‘from above’ national identities with international proletarianism.
  • On the other hand, far from being encouraged to revert to a quiescent proletarianism, working people were invited to participate fully in the new enterprise culture.
  • Racial proletarianism is similarly dependent on final victory.

proletarianization

Pronunciation: /-ˌterēənəˈzāSHən/
noun
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  • The proletarianization of ex-peasants would inevitably lead them to ally themselves with the urban workers.
  • This had led to immense changes in the social structure, the decline in the position of the traditional middle class, and the vast proletarianisation of American society.
  • The Village Labourer, originally written in 1911, is about the dispossession and proletarianisation of the English peasantry.

proletarianize

verb
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  • Moreover, large sections of what was once considered the middle class, and which provided the key base of political stability for the maintenance of capitalist rule, have been effectively proletarianised.
  • The vast majority of the population has been proletarianized, working from paycheck to paycheck for corporate employers, large or small.
  • The vast majority of the American population has been proletarianized.

Origin

mid 17th century: from Latin proletarius (from proles 'offspring'), denoting a person having no wealth in property, who only served the state by producing offspring, + -an.

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