noun[treated as singular or plural]
- 1The middle class, typically with reference to its perceived materialistic values or conventional attitudes: the rise of the bourgeoisie at the end of the eighteenth century the landed gentry were replaced by a local bourgeoisieMore example sentences
- The legacy of Stalinism has been to create massive confusion in the former-Soviet working class, which has enabled the national bourgeoisies to re-establish themselves on the same lines as in 1920.
- The creation of these states with their rival bourgeoisies only served to divide the powerful working class of the sub-continent and subjugate them to the dictates of finance capital.
- To offset these dangers, the UN brought together three basic forces - the imperialist powers, led by the US; the Stalinist bureaucracy in the USSR; and the national bourgeoisies in the colonial and economically backward countries.
- 1.1(In Marxist contexts) the capitalist class who own most of society’s wealth and means of production: the conflict of interest between the bourgeoisie and the proletariatMore example sentences
- That means that in capitalist economies the bourgeoisie will be the ruling class.
- The working class cannot rely on the corrupt and reactionary bourgeoisie to defend democratic rights or oppose fascism.
- Whatever the referendum result, the bourgeoisie will press ahead with its offensive against the working class.
early 18th century: French, from bourgeois.
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