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subaltern

adjective baser, humble, inferior, junior, less, lesser, low, lower, lower in rank, lowly, minor, of lower rank, secondary, servile, subalternate, subcenturio, subsidiary, under
See also: ancillary, assistant, ignoble, inferior, minor, secondary, slight, subordinate, subservient, subsidiary

SUBALTERN. A kind of officer who exercises his authority under the superintendence and control of a superior.

References in classic literature ?
A woman came into the little circle of light by the candles on the peg-tables, stretching out her hands to the dark where the Senior Subaltern was, and sobbing.
Things seemed black indeed, and the Captains' wives peered under their eyebrows at the Senior Subaltern, and the Colonel's face set like the Day of Judgment framed in gray bristles, and no one spoke for a while.
The Senior Subaltern was half choked with the arms round his neck, but he gasped out:--"It's a d d lie
She told us how the Senior Subaltern had married her when he was Home on leave eighteen months before; and she seemed to know all that we knew, and more too, of his people and his past life.
I shall never forget the indictment of the Senior Subaltern by his wife.
She stood up and sneered at the Senior Subaltern for a cur, and abused the Major and the Colonel and all the rest.
There was a hush, and the men looked into each other's eyes as the Senior Subaltern came forward in a dazed and dizzy way, and took the paper.
But the woman had fled through a door, and on the paper was written:--"This is to certify that I, The Worm, have paid in full my debts to the Senior Subaltern, and, further, that the Senior Subaltern is my debtor, by agreement on the 23d of February, as by the Mess attested, to the extent of one month's Captain's pay, in the lawful currency of the India Empire.
Contemporary manifestations of Bhopal expose the disturbing reality that the misery and death of the subalterns is the consequence of an unjust economic order that offers good life to the dominant.
It is only when subalterns make claim for equality they have been told that their discourse is one of hate.
9) The persistent historical association of Africans with slavery thus renders them as subalterns incapable of independent action or self-conscious agency until their encounter with European commerce and culture subjugates, disciplines, and yokes them to the realm of global history.
The appellate court pointed out that "in the instant case, we find that, contrary to the findings of the OP and its subalterns, the subject lot had always been actually devoted exclusively to livestock farming, with an interim agricultural activity for livestock feeds, even before the enactment of the CARP and thus, exempt from its coverage.