inferior rank

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That man had ten auxiliaries, taken from a very inferior rank.
Her air was not conciliating, nor was her manner of receiving them such as to make her visitors forget their inferior rank.
He had originally been of inferior rank, ruling over only one or two districts of Owyhee, but had gradually made himself sovereign of his native island.
I have worn my cuirass these twenty years, kept down in this inferior rank, without going forward or backward, hardly half living.
Lady Janet looked--as only a great lady can look, when a person of inferior rank has presumed to fail in respect toward her.
When he blew this bugle, four-and-twenty other gentlemen of inferior rank, in Lincoln green a little coarser, and russet boots with a little thicker soles, turned out directly: and away galloped the whole train, with spears in their hands like lacquered area railings, to hunt down the boars, or perhaps encounter a bear: in which latter case the baron killed him first, and greased his whiskers with him afterwards.
Then said King Apollo, son to Jove, "Nay, hero, pray to the ever-living gods, for men say that you were born of Jove's daughter Venus, whereas Achilles is son to a goddess of inferior rank.
I tell you what, my dear fellow," said Chateau-Renaud, "I cannot imagine what objection you can possibly have to Mademoiselle Danglars -- that is, setting aside her want of ancestry and somewhat inferior rank, which by the way I don't think you care very much about.
The new outrage, by which she had provoked her fate, seemed to render further lenity impossible; and a gentleman in military dress, with a stout man of inferior rank, drew towards the door of the meeting-house, and awaited her approach.
Among admirals, large enough; but," with an air of grandeur, "we know very little of the inferior ranks.
For example, "Servian" stands in for "Serbian," and the writer's use twice of the unexplained "morganatic" refers to a noble marriage in which the person of inferior rank may not lay claim to the spouse's rank or property.
But the 1952 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine went to Waksman for the discovery of streptomycin; Schatz, the committee ruled, was merely "an assistant of inferior rank.