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definition of the word plebeian

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Latin plebeius, from plebs, plebis (the common people)

plebeian (comparative more plebeian, superlative most plebeian)


more plebeian

most plebeian

  1. Of or pertaining to the Roman plebs, or common people.
  2. Of or pertaining to the common people; vulgar; common; as plebeian sports;
    They were all from the ghetto, a plebeian throng.



plebeian (plural plebeians)

  1. One of the plebs, or common people of ancient Rome, in distinction from patrician.
  2. (archaic) One of the common people, or lower rank of men.
    • 1748. David Hume. Enquiries concerning the human understanding and concerning the principles of moral. London: Oxford University Press, 1973. § 3.
      The feelings of our heart, the agitation of our passions, the vehemence of our affections, dissipate all its conclusions, and reduce the profound philosopher to a mere plebeian.

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