• WordNet 3.6
    • adj proletarian belonging to or characteristic of the proletariat
    • n proletarian a member of the working class (not necessarily employed) "workers of the world--unite!"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Proletarian Of or pertaining to the proletaries; belonging to the commonalty; hence, mean; vile; vulgar. "Every citizen, if he were not a proletarian animal kept at the public cost."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • proletarian Of or belonging to the lower classes; hence, mean; vile; vulgar.
    • n proletarian A member of the poorest class of a community; one who is without capital or regular employment.
    • n proletarian Also proletaire.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Proletarian prō-le-tā′ri-an belonging to the poorest labouring class: having little or no property: plebeian: vulgar
    • n Proletarian a member of the poorest class—also Proletaire′, Prō′letary
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  • Karl Marx
    “Let the ruling classes tremble at a Communist revolution. The proletarians have nothing to lose, but their chains. .Workers of the world unite!”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. proletarius,. See Proletary


In literature:

As a convalescent victim of this proletarian practice I am well aware of its ravages on body and mind.
"An Anarchist Woman" by Hutchins Hapgood
But, even though these poor proletarians knew all, there was nothing to be apprehended for any action on their part.
"The Free Lances" by Mayne Reid
The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains.
"British Socialism" by J. Ellis Barker
The number of proletarian women who reach this insight is every year larger.
"Woman under socialism" by August Bebel
Marxian socialism is essentially proletarian.
"Communism and Christianism" by William Montgomery Brown
The Workingmen's Party, formed in 1829 in New York City, was the first and most ominous of these proletarian uprisings.
"History of the Great American Fortunes, Vol. I" by Myers Gustavus
Unhappily, due to the fact that the Proletarian Paradise is surrounded by potential enemies, we have not as yet established this formula.
"Frigid Fracas" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
The establishment of its scientific soundness has a value for the proletarian agitation.
"Landmarks of Scientific Socialism" by Friedrich Engels
It may be a tool for politicians, if it serves as an expedient to calm a shapeless mass of unorganized proletarians.
"Essays on the Materialistic Conception of History" by Antonio Labriola
That of course, is almost a definition of the word 'proletarian'.
"Check and Checkmate" by Walter Miller
The proletarians of Paris were defeated, decimated, crushed with such an effect that even now they have not yet recovered from the blow.
"Revolution and Counter-Revolution" by Karl Marx
This fact of itself, about which there is no question, certifies conclusively the proletarian character of Jesus Christ.
"Labor and Freedom" by Eugene V. Debs
But how is it with him who has nothing to lose, how with the proletarian?
"The Ego and His Own" by Max Stirner
The only thing I wanted was to draw you out of the hole where you were being degraded into a proletarian.
"The Song of Songs" by Hermann Sudermann
Without doubt it is a true proletarian agitation: if you wish so to call it, the first organised proletarian movement.
"Socialism and the Social Movement in the 19th Century" by Werner Sombart
The damned on earth call themselves vassals, serfs, proletarians, artisans, laborers!
"The Sword of Honor, volumes 1 & 2" by Eugène Sue
For this revolution was made by proletarians.
"History of the Commune of 1871" by P. Lissagary
You cannot possibly comprehend the proletarian civilization of the future.
"The Quest" by Frederik van Eeden
A greasy proletarian smirked a welcome from behind a counter, laden with platters of food, as sour as his smile.
"Behind the Scenes in Warring Germany" by Edward Lyell Fox
The uptown Jew felt a little ashamed that the proletarians of his people should be made the subject of literature.
"The Spirit of the Ghetto" by Hutchins Hapgood

In news:

A cluster of proletarian workers downing Budweisers after a long day laboring on the assembly line.
Nabe is comfort food for many Japanese, a proletarian dish that brings people together to share from a bubbling hot pot of goodness.
My own favorite among Jon Jost's experimental narratives, this chilling portrait of an embittered, misogynistic lumpen proletarian (Tom Blair) driving through western Montana consists mainly of a series of virtuoso long takes.
Proletarian clientele vie for shabby seats at shared tables as ceiling fans whir and an ancient wall clock keeps time — rather pointlessly, given that it's forever 1962 at the Lin Heung ("Fragrant Lotus") Tea House.