underclass
noun Date: 1918 the lowest social stratum usually made up of disadvantaged minority groups

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • underclass — UK US /ˈʌndəˌklɑːs/ noun [C, usually singular] ECONOMICS ► the poorest people in a society, especially when discussing their lack of opportunities to find work: »Letting guest workers into America doesn t create an underclass. »The nation needs… …   Financial and business terms

  • underclass — (n.) subordinate social class, 1918, from UNDER (Cf. under) + CLASS (Cf. class) (n.). A loan translation of Swedish underklass …   Etymology dictionary

  • underclass — ► NOUN ▪ the lowest social class in a country or community, consisting of the poor and unemployed …   English terms dictionary

  • underclass — ☆ underclass [un′dər klas΄ ] n. the socioeconomic class with incomes below subsistence level, including esp. the underprivileged …   English World dictionary

  • underclass — The extensive and acrimonious sociological debate about the underclass stems from a predominantly American literature which addresses two phenomena that are argued to be related: namely, high levels of youth unemployment, and an increasing… …   Dictionary of sociology

  • Underclass — The contemporary concept of the underclass is a sanitized term for what was known in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries as the undeserving poor, and may have been coined by American sociologist and anthropologist Oscar Lewis in 1961. The… …   Wikipedia

  • underclass — [[t]ʌ̱ndə(r)klɑːs, klæs[/t]] underclasses N COUNT: usu sing A country s underclass consists of those members of its population who are poor, and who have little chance of improving their situation. The basic problems of the inner city underclass… …   English dictionary

  • underclass — UK [ˈʌndə(r)ˌklɑːs] / US [ˈʌndərˌklæs] noun [countable, usually singular] Word forms underclass : singular underclass plural underclasses the lowest social class in a society, consisting of people who are the poorest and have the least power …   English dictionary

  • underclass — un|der|class [ˈʌndəkla:s US dərklæs] n [singular] the lowest social class, consisting of people who are very poor and who are not likely to be able to improve their situation ▪ an urban underclass, who have limited access to health care →↑social… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • underclass — /ˈʌndəklas/ (say unduhklahs) noun a social class consisting of impoverished people of low social status who by the nature of their circumstances adopt the values of a subculture which rejects the mainstream way of life: *the social pool of the… …   Australian English dictionary

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