fourth world
noun Usage: often capitalized F&W Date: 1974 a group of nations especially in Africa and Asia characterized by extremely low per capita income and an absence of valuable natural resources

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • fourth world — n. [often F W ] the poorest, most underdeveloped countries of the third world …   English World dictionary

  • Fourth World — The term Fourth World in academia sometimes refers to a sub population subjected to social exclusion in global society, but since the 1974 publication of The Fourth World: An Indian Reality by George Manuel, Chief of the National Indian… …   Wikipedia

  • Fourth World — These are the most underdeveloped regions in the world. The Fourth World is used to describe the most poverty stricken, and economically troubled parts of countries in the Third World. Unlike the First, Second and Third World, the Fourth World… …   Investment dictionary

  • fourth world — {n.}, {informal} The poor nations of the world, as distinguished from the oil rich nations of the third world. * /Sri Lanka will never join OPEC, since it is a fourth world nation./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • fourth world — {n.}, {informal} The poor nations of the world, as distinguished from the oil rich nations of the third world. * /Sri Lanka will never join OPEC, since it is a fourth world nation./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • fourth\ world — noun informal the poor nations of the world, as distinguished from the oil rich nations of the third world. Sri Lanka will never join OPEC, since it is a fourth world nation …   Словарь американских идиом

  • Fourth-World — See Fourth World. * * * …   Universalium

  • Fourth World — the world s most poverty stricken nations, esp. in Africa and Asia, marked by very low GNP per capita and great dependence upon foreign economic aid. Cf. First World, Second World, Third World. [1970 75] * * * …   Universalium

  • Fourth World — /ˈfɔθ wɜld/ (say fawth werld) noun those people collectively who, though living in First World countries, live in Third World conditions …   Australian English dictionary

  • Fourth World — poorest of the Third World nations …   Eponyms, nicknames, and geographical games

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