One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The proliferation in a society of values perceived as characteristic of the middle class, especially of materialism.
- ‘Even our soaps, once the repository of working-class stories, have undergone a process of embourgeoisement.’
- ‘Thus such features as wider home ownership, affluence, and the embourgeoisement of the working class are not necessarily electorally adverse; democratic socialist parties can still thrive in prosperous societies.’
- ‘In most parts of Central and Eastern Europe, the process of embourgeoisement of society remained severely curtailed.’
- ‘Others have found it more problematical because of its links with theories of embourgeoisement and the role of the labour aristocracy.’
- ‘The embourgeoisement of the working class, object of many well-funded studies, did not prevent workers from staging militant strikes in 1960-3 and, more widely, in the late 1960s.’
1930s: French, from embourgeoiser ‘become or make bourgeois’.
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