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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’
rabble, scum, vermin, dregs, good-for-nothings, lowest of the low, underclass, the dregs, untouchables, the hoi polloiView synonyms
- ‘In one sense, campaigns often help foster a permanent underclass in politics.’
- ‘This fiction is realistic, often portraying the lives of common people and the underclass in the face of adversity.’
- ‘Even then, John was a seasoned veteran of local politics; for the last quarter century, he has championed the rights and the needs of the homeless and low-income tenants, the forgotten underclasses of a city that hates the poor.’
- ‘There are two underclasses and both are causing problems in the city.’
- ‘New levels were added to cover the underclass of people who have never worked and the long-term unemployed.’
- ‘There is also the growing underclass of young unemployed people who have little prospect of moving upwards.’
- ‘Yet, the nouveau riche are vastly outnumbered by a huge underclass of desperately poor people.’
- ‘It will simply swell the criminal underclass that the government seeks to eradicate.’
- ‘This has raised the spectre of an new underclass and highlights contentious issues of the class nature of the open-door policy in the country.’
- ‘In previous history the middle classes have always kept one step a head of the hordes of working classes and its offshoots the underclass.’
- ‘Should we be devoting more public resources to the young or the old, the business class or the underclass?’
- ‘Mostly, it was the underclasses that disappeared - the poor, the despised religious or ethnic minority.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Instead of helping the underclass he is tarring the whole community with the same brush.’
- ‘The servants in Middleton's play represent an underclass that lives and thrives by irony, especially the irony of noble birth.’
- ‘They did not approach life from the perspective of the underclasses.’
- ‘Still in my head and in my style of living I'm very much underclass, working class.’
- ‘No city has succeeded when it has two spatially segregated underclasses.’
- ‘Unfair price fixing and unilateral policies cause financial hardships for members of the underclasses wishing to consume the product.’
- ‘In the cities, a disenfranchised underclass looked to the cinema to give them a voice.’
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