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PLEBEIAN

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does plebeian mean? 

PLEBEIAN (noun)
  The noun PLEBEIAN has 1 sense:

1. one of the common people

  Familiarity information: PLEBEIAN used as a noun is very rare.


PLEBEIAN (adjective)
  The adjective PLEBEIAN has 2 senses:

1. of the common people of ancient Rome
2. of or associated with the great masses of people

  Familiarity information: PLEBEIAN used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


PLEBEIAN (noun)


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Meaning:

One of the common people

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

pleb; plebeian

Hypernyms ("plebeian" is a kind of...):

common man; common person; commoner (a person who holds no title)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "plebeian"):

anti-intellectual; lowbrow; philistine (a person who is uninterested in intellectual pursuits)

Holonyms ("plebeian" is a member of...):

common people; folk; folks (people in general (often used in the plural))


PLEBEIAN (adjective)


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Meaning:

Of the common people of ancient Rome

Context example:

a plebeian magistrate

Also:

middle-class (occupying a socioeconomic position intermediate between those of the lower classes and the wealthy)

Antonym:

patrician (of the hereditary aristocracy or ruling class of ancient Rome or medieval Europe; of honorary nobility in the Byzantine empire)

proletarian (the lowest class of citizens of ancient Rome who had no property)


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Meaning:

Of or associated with the great masses of people

Synonyms:

unwashed; plebeian; vulgar; common

Context examples:

the common people in those days suffered greatly / behavior that branded him as common / his square plebeian nose / a vulgar and objectionable person / the unwashed masses

Similar:

lowborn (of humble birth or origins)


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