One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the hostility towards him was shared by plebeians and gentry alike’
proletarian, commoner, common person, man in the street, person in the street, woman in the street, working-class person, worker, working person
derogatory, informal pleb, prole
aristocrat, noble, patrician
1‘people of plebeian descent’
lower-class, low-class, working-class, proletarian, common, peasant, mean, humble, lowly, low, of low birth, low-born, low-ranking, ignoble, undistinguished
aristocratic, noble, patrician
2‘a man of plebeian tastes’
uncultured, uncultivated, unrefined, lowbrow, philistine, uneducated, unpolished, provincial, rustic
coarse, uncouth, crass, common, vulgar, base, boorish, gross
British informal non-U
refined, cultivated, sophisticated
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