pleb

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n pleb one of the common people
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pleb One of the common people; a plebeian; a low-born person.
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Usage

In literature:

The tribunes had been instituted as the champions of the oppressed, when the plebs feared oppression.
"The History of Freedom" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
As such it alienated the clergy and enraged the plebs.
"The Lords of the Ghostland" by Edgar Saltus
The plebs are perishing of hunger.
"Sónnica" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
Little did the pleb dream that he was up against a man of brains.
"Lord Stranleigh Abroad" by Robert Barr
They made up the mass of people excluded from all public rights, the plebs.
"The Origin of the Family Private Property and the State" by Frederick Engels
Forward, my soldiers; bind the old monk, and exterminate the plebs if it offers resistance!
"The Branding Needle, or The Monastery of Charolles" by Eugène Sue
Are not his father, his glorious mother and himself from the Gallic plebs, like the rest of us?
"The Casque's Lark" by Eugène Sue
These people, the 'plebs' as they were called, were despised by many patricians.
"Ancient Rome" by Mary Agnes Hamilton
Publius Servilius Casca was by his grace tribune of the plebs.
"Stories of the Olden Time" by Various
The plebs of the town and neighboring fields, having hastened to witness the spectacle at the close of the mass, crowded on the outside.
"The Iron Trevet or Jocelyn the Champion" by Eugène Sue
The Church will resume her preponderance over both the plebs and the seigneurs.
"The Pilgrim's Shell or Fergan the Quarryman" by Eugène Sue
The grievances of this plebs must be droll to read!
"The Blacksmith's Hammer, or The Peasant Code" by Eugène Sue
The Pleb must be trodden on, else he will grow up over our heads.
"The Story of a Genius" by Ossip Schubin
Horror upon all this revolted plebs!
"The Sword of Honor, volumes 1 & 2" by Eugène Sue
I would that thou Wouldst lead us into action, noble pleb.
"Virginia, A Tragedy" by Marion Forster Gilmore
In the presence of genius, a pleb.
"The Roycroft Dictionary" by Elbert Hubbard
The old orator, who had swayed all meetings of the plebs in Aramon ever since '48, threw up his hands in hopeless misery.
"A Tatter of Scarlet" by S. R. Crockett
Saith Agricola, the pleb, 'Brutus, the senator, is nobody; he speaks to me!
"Saul of Tarsus" by Elizabeth Miller
The situation of Rome granting tribunes to the plebs was widely different from ours.
"The Brothers' War" by John Calvin Reed
But ye, Plebs, Populace, People, Rabble, Mob, Proletariat, live and abide forever.
"Plain English" by Marian Wharton
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In poetry:

When Bryan speaks, the wigwam shakes.
The corporation magnate quakes.
The pre-convention plot is smashed.
The valiant pleb full-armed awakes.
"When Bryan Speaks" by Vachel Lindsay

In news:

Let the Plebs Touch the DCS.
Of course, it may be that for Professor Frank the "real significance" of the book is that he has at last discovered the elementary fact that the Roman plebs, like the plebs in other ages, was nationalist and imperialist in its attitudes.
Who says 'pleb' nowadays .
The party protesters buzzing around PC Pleb .
Alongside delusions of vehicular grandeur, Mr Mitchell is alleged (in a quickly leaked report to the Sun newspaper) to have called the police "fucking plebs ".
The Tory chief whip Andrew Mitchell has flatly denied calling Downing Street police officers " plebs ".
Roman leaders were generally drawn from the aristocracy, but ambitious politicians could still rise to power by appealing to the plebs .
LONDON — In class-conscious Britain, a Cabinet minister is in trouble over a four-letter word: " pleb .".
Pleb — short for plebeian — comes from the Latin plebeius, the mass of ordinary citizens apart from the elite of upper-class patricians.
F or every popped-collar blue blood swanning about this tony enclave, there's a pleb-friendly local willing to cut a deal.
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