Bourgeoisie



the bourgeois class.
(in Marxist theory) the class that, in contrast to the proletariat or wage-earning class, is primarily concerned with property values.
Contemporary Examples

Communism’s Victims Deserve a Museum James Kirchick August 24, 2014
Is This a Book Worth Saving? Considering ‘The Art of Joy’ Lauren Elkin September 5, 2013
Who Is Philip Roth’s Portnoy Satirizing? Bernard Avishai August 27, 2012

Historical Examples

The Condition of the Working-Class in England in 1844 Frederick Engels
The Fortune of the Rougons Emile Zola
With the “Die-Hards” in Siberia John Ward
The Solar Magnet Sterner St. Paul Meek
The Ordeal of Mark Twain Van Wyck Brooks
The Crimson Tide Robert W. Chambers
Catholic World, Vol. XI, April 1870-September 1870 Various

noun the bourgeoisie
the middle classes
(in Marxist thought) the ruling class of the two basic classes of capitalist society, consisting of capitalists, manufacturers, bankers, and other employers. The bourgeoisie owns the most important of the means of production, through which it exploits the working class
n.
bourgeoisie [(boor-zhwah-zee)]

Note: “Bourgeois” may also refer to mediocre taste or to the flashy display of wealth by the nouveau riche.

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