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"underclass" in British English

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underclassnoun [C usually singular]

uk   /ˈʌn.də.klɑːs/  us   /-dɚ.klæs/
a ​group of ​people with a ​lowersocial and ​economicposition than any of the other ​classes of ​society: The ​long-termunemployed now ​constitute a ​kind of underclass.
(Definition of underclass from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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underclassnoun [C]

 us   /ˈʌn·dərˌklæs/
the ​lowesteconomic and ​socialclass in ​society, consisting of ​people who are ​considered to have few ​opportunities to ​improve themselves
(Definition of underclass from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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underclassnoun [C, usually singular]

uk   us   /ˈʌndəˌklɑːs/ ECONOMICS
the ​poorestpeople in a ​society, especially when discussing their ​lack of ​opportunities to ​findwork: Letting ​guestworkers into America doesn't ​create an underclass. The ​nationneeds to ​reduce the vast ​gap between the ​wealthy and a ​jobless underclass.
(Definition of underclass from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “underclass”
in Chinese (Simplified) 下层社会, 下层阶级, 贫困阶层…
in Chinese (Traditional) 下層社會, 下層階級, 貧困階層…
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