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underclass

noun [C usually singular]     /ˈʌn.də.klɑːs/ US  /-dɚ.klæs/
a group of people with a lower social and economic position than any of the other classes of society: The long-term unemployed now constitute a sort of underclass.Class and class-consciousness in generalWealthiness and wealthyPoverty and poor
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