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ˌbʊər ʒwɑˈzibour·geoisie

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. middle class, bourgeoisie(noun)

    the social class between the lower and upper classes


  1. bourgeoisie(Noun)

    a class of citizens who were wealthier members of the Third Estate

  2. bourgeoisie(Noun)

    The capitalist class.

  3. Origin: From bourgeois, from bourgeois, “burghers”, i.e., inhabitants of towns.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bourgeoisie(noun)

    the French middle class, particularly such as are concerned in, or dependent on, trade


  1. Bourgeoisie

    Bourgeoisie is a word from the French language, used in the fields of political economy, political philosophy, sociology, and history, which originally denoted the wealthy stratum of the middle class that originated during the latter part of the Middle Ages. The utilization and specific application of the word is from the realm of the social sciences. In sociology and in political science, the noun bourgeoisie and the adjective bourgeois are terms that describe a historical range of socio-economic classes. As such, in the Western world, since the late 18th century, the bourgeoisie describes a social class “characterized by their ownership of capital, and their related culture”; hence, the personal terms bourgeois and bourgeoise culturally identify the man or woman who is a member of the wealthiest social class of a given society, and their materialistic worldview. In Marxist philosophy, the term bourgeoisie denotes the social class who owns the means of production and whose societal concerns are the value of property and the preservation of capital, in order to ensure the perdurance of their economic supremacy in society. Joseph Schumpeter instead saw the creation of new bourgeoisie as the driving force behind the Capitalist engine, particularly entrepreneurs who took risks in order to bring innovation to industries and the economy through the process of Creative Destruction.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bourgeoisie

    bōōrzh′waw-zē, n. the middle class of citizens, esp. traders. [From Fr. bourgeois, a citizen, often taken as a typical word for the mercantile middle class—used also adjectively, like such in manners or ways of thinking.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Bourgeoisie

    the name given in France to the middle class, professional people, and merchants, as distinguished from the nobles and the peasants, but applied by the Socialists to the capitalists as distinct from the workers.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bourgeoisie in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bourgeoisie in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of bourgeoisie in a Sentence

  1. President Nicolas Maduro:

    If the managers are committing sabotage, here's the head of Sebin (Venezuela's intelligence service) and he'll put them in prison right away, enough of the bourgeoisie. Imprison them.

  2. George Orwell:

    It is a commonplace that the history of civilisation is largely the history of weapons. In particular, the connection between the discovery of gunpowder and the overthrow of feudalism by the bourgeoisie has been pointed out over and over again. And though I have no doubt exceptions can be brought forward, I think the following rule would be found to be generally true that ages in which the dominant weapon is expensive or difficult to make will be ages of despotism, whereas when the dominant weapon is cheap and simple, the common people have a chance. Thus, for example, tanks, battleships and bombing planes are inherently tyrannical weapons, while rifles, muskets, long-bows and hand-grenades are inherently democratic weapons. A complex weapon makes the strong stronger, while a simple weapon --so long as there is no answer to it-- gives claws to the weak.

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