Adjective "proletarian" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Relating to the proletariat.
  1. 'The sit-in was therefore rife with just the sorts of contradictions which communists identified with proletarian womanhood, and women became obvious and crucial actors in its realization.'
  2. 'If, in the long run, the beliefs expressed in proletarian dictatorship are destined to be accepted by the dominant forces of the community, the only meaning of free speech is that they should be given their chance and have their way.'
  3. 'While appealing to intellectuals, it was distinctively proletarian in doctrine and temper.'
  4. 'All of this vanished like mist before a strong wind when war broke out and all thoughts of international proletarian solidarity went out of the window.'
  5. 'The argument was that since the era had not changed there could not be any new ‘ism’, or overall development of proletarian ideology, after Leninism.'
  6. 'As we have already demonstrated on the basis of the historical record, Cannon's struggle against Pabloism was the highpoint of his life as a Marxist revolutionary and proletarian internationalist.'
  7. 'Thus do the social conditions of proletarian existence in contemporary society, conditions first elucidated by Marxist theory, take vengeance by the fate they impose upon Marxist theory itself.'
  8. 'He joined the French Communist Party soon after his return (he had been sympathetic to it long before this) and favoured proletarian subjects that he hoped would be accessible to the working class.'
  9. 'My father was adamant that change could not come about without a violent revolution and a proletarian dictatorship.'
  10. 'The processes of economic imperialism, proletarian enslavement and continuous war are explained painlessly through Winston and Julia's private resistance.'


A member of the proletariat.
  1. 'This internal conflict amongst the proletarians in turn complicates the simplicity of Marx's call for a revolution that would necessarily unite laborers en masse against bourgeois capitalists.'
  2. 'The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains.'
  3. 'This new élite was no longer composed of old revolutionaries of middle-class origin, but was drawn from the trained and educated offspring of peasants and proletarians who stood nearer to the masses.'
  4. 'There was also the perennial problem of all concerted attempts to ‘elevate’ the workers' taste in popular art: like it or not, proletarians enjoy ‘bourgeois’ realism.'
  5. 'Formally educated white-collar proletarians commonly didn't consider themselves workers, even though they were selling their labour power to survive just the same as the dustman.'
  6. 'Clearly capitalist entrepreneurs need proletarians and vice versa.'
  7. 'The New Economy of globalised capital flows thus creates a new division of capitalists and proletarians - owners and workers.'
  8. 'The idea was that industrialized, mass-produced housing could shelter all those wretched proletarians consigned to rat-infested tenements.'
  9. 'Now the peasantry is being transformed everywhere into proletarians and the middle classes in the advanced capitalist countries are likewise being turned into wage workers.'
  10. 'It's not special privileges for the proletarians and working classes, but more rights for workers and government employees, and equality between the different jobs.'


1. pertaining or belonging to the proletariat.

2. (in ancient Rome) belonging to the lowest or poorest class of the people. noun

3. a member of the proletariat.

More examples(as adjective)

"revolutions can be proletarian."

"statesmans can be proletarian."

"writers can be proletarian."

"strategists can be proletarian."

"powers can be proletarian."

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Mid 17th century: from Latin proletarius (from proles ‘offspring’), denoting a person having no wealth in property, who only served the state by producing offspring, + -an.