Definition of petty bourgeois in US English:

petty bourgeois


  • another term for petit bourgeois
    • ‘‘Oppressed woman’ does not adequately sum Alma up: she is also a spoiled petty bourgeois with more than a trace of anti-Semitism in her blood, a victimizer as well as a victim.’
    • ‘Over half a century ago, the founder of the Fourth International, Leon Trotsky, conducted his own struggle against a petty bourgeois, radical opposition inside the Fourth International.’
    • ‘In all fairness, one must add that the peasant is far from being a unique ‘species’; the urban petty bourgeois in all countries is in the same boat, and poses as much headache for the Marxists as the peasant does.’
    • ‘Arcand's film expresses a mood of those overwhelmed, morally decomposing Quebec petty bourgeois who have groped their way, however reluctantly or hesitantly, toward a new orientation based on power and wealth.’
    • ‘While the inner-city lumpen layers and the well-heeled, suburban petty bourgeois seem to represent opposite poles in American society, their social existence is similar in certain respects.’


petty bourgeois

/ˈˌpɛdi bʊrˈʒwɑ/