What does peasantry mean?

Definitions for peasantry
ˈpɛz ən tripeas·ant·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. peasantrynoun

    the class of peasants


  1. peasantrynoun

    Impoverished rural farm workers, either as serfs, small freeholders or hired hands.

  2. peasantrynoun

    An ignorant person of the lowest social status; bumpkins, rustics.

  3. Etymology: Middle English paissaunt

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Peasantrynoun

    Peasants; rusticks; country people.

    How many then should cover, that stand bare?
    How much low peasantry would then be gleaned
    From the true seed of honour? how much honour
    Pickt from the chaff? William Shakespeare, Merch. of Venice.

    The peasantry in France under a much heavier pressure of want and poverty than the day-labourers of England of the reformed religion, understood it much better than those of a higher condition among us. John Locke.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Peasantrynoun

    peasants, collectively; the body of rustics

  2. Peasantrynoun

    rusticity; coarseness

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of peasantry in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of peasantry in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of peasantry in a Sentence

  1. Oliver Goldsmith:

    Ill fares the land, to hast'ning ill a prey, Where wealth accumulates, and men decay Princes and Lords may flourish, or may fade A breath can make them, as a breath has made but a bold peasantry, their country's pride, When once destroyed can never be supplied.

  2. Leon Trotsky:

    If the Revolution has the right to destroy bridges and art monuments whenever necessary, it will stop still less from laying its hand on any tendency in art which, no matter how great its achievement in form, threatens to disintegrate the revolutionary environment or to arouse the internal forces of the Revolution, that is, the proletariat, the peasantry and the intelligentsia, to a hostile opposition to one another. Our standard is, clearly, political, imperative and intolerant.

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