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Topic: SOCIOLOGY

Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: plebeius, from plebs 'common people'

plebeian

2 noun
     
plebeian2 [countable]
1 an insulting word for someone who is from a low social class
2SS an ordinary person who had no special rank in ancient Rome [≠ patrician]
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