(Marxism) The lowest stratum of the proletariat.
Other Word Forms of Lumpenproletariat
Origin of Lumpenproletariat
German Lumpen pl. of Lump ragamuffin (from Middle High German lumpe rag) Proletariat proletariat (from French prolétariat proletariat)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
Borrowed from German Lumpenproletariat, which is Lumpen (“rag") + French prolétariat, from Latin proletarius, the lowest class of Roman citizen.
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