Definitions for overclassˈoʊ vərˌklæs, -ˌklɑs

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o•ver•classˈoʊ vərˌklæs, -ˌklɑs(n.)

  1. a social stratum consisting of educated and wealthy persons considered to control the economic power of a country.

    Category: Sociology

Origin of overclass:

1960–65

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  1. overclass(Noun)

    A powerful, privileged social class.

    They spoke disparagingly of America's white overclass.

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  1. Overclass

    Overclass is a recent and pejorative term for the most powerful group in a social hierarchy. Users of the term generally imply excessive and unjust privilege and exploitation of the rest of society. Compare the older term, upper class, which nowadays is sometimes also pejorative, but is not necessarily so, and historically was rarely so. Perhaps the most commonly agreed-upon "overclass" consists of leaders in international business, finance and the war industry. Historian Paul Fussell refers to what he calls a "top out of sight" class in the United States. These are people who have an even better quality of life than a visible overclass because their vast wealth allows them to affect cultural and political changes without first exposing them to public comment. Conspiracy theories often propose a secret society with supernatural overtones as an invisible global overclass. The word is fairly recent: the Oxford English Dictionary only included it December 2004. But it has been in use since at least 1995. At least some writers compare it to the more familiar underclass:

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