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Definition of "bourgeoisie" [bour•geoi•sie]

  • The middle class. (noun)
  • In Marxist theory, the social group opposed to the proletariat in the class struggle. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "bourgeoisie" in a sentence
  • "LAMB: I have what you call bourgeoisie values written down, so everybody knows what we're talking about: "thrift, diligence, sobriety, fidelity, procedure and orderliness.""
  • "Firstly and chiefly, he hates what he calls the bourgeoisie -- he is obliged to use the French word, because his native language does not contain an equivalent term -- and especially capitalists of all sorts and dimensions."
  • "Difference between him — and the bourgeoisie is that he robs without illusion."