proletarian[prō′lə ter′ē ən]
Origin: from Classical Latin proletarius, citizen of the lowest class (see proletary) plush -an
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Origin: From Latin prōlētārius, belonging to the lowest class of Roman citizens (viewed as contributing to the state only through having children), from prōlēs, offspring; see al-2 in Indo-European roots.
- proˌle·tarˈi·an·ism noun