One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Remove (someone) from their original social class.‘the proletariat has been declassed’‘declassed millworkers’
downgrade, lower, lower in rank, lower in status, put down, move downView synonyms
- ‘The working class in Russia shrank to just over 1 million, atomised, demoralised, declassed.’
- ‘By mid-century, the Marxist sociologist C. Wright Mills could write persuasively…of American office and store workers as a new proletariat, no less regimented, poorly paid, and declassed than manual workers of the previous century.’
- ‘But he recognises the difficulties involved in mobilising a hegemonic project around class given that the Soviet system attempted to declass social consciousness.’
- ‘As the name suggests - Alliance for a Republic of Equals - her party is a populist movement that would attack the mounting social problems with greater energy and deploy a safety net for the declassed and the underclass.’
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