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PLEBEIAN. One who is classed among the common people, as distinguished from the nobles. Happily in this country the order of nobles does not exist.

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They were generally poverty-stricken; always plebeian and obscure; working with unsuccessful diligence at handicrafts; laboring on the wharves, or following the sea, as sailors before the mast; living here and there about the town, in hired tenements, and coming finally to the almshouse as the natural home of their old age.
The Pyncheons, if all stories were true, haughtily as they bore themselves in the noonday streets of their native town, were no better than bond-servants to these plebeian Maules, on entering the topsy-turvy commonwealth of sleep.
In ancient Rome we have patricians, knights, plebeians, slaves; in the Middle Ages, feudal lords, vassals, guild-masters, journeymen, apprentices, serfs; in almost all of these classes, again, subordinate gradations.
They shot down the slit, plebeians all, but it followed pompously like royalty.
Plebeian fashion blurred these distinctions and threatened the social order.
have often extrapolated from expressions of plebeian contempt for their
Even episodes of plebeian unrest, such as the First Plebeian Secession, had always been settled through peaceful compromise.
The rich Romans were vastly outnumbered by plebeian classes or 'plebs' as we would say today.
He fell precisely into the middle of the world, into the most plebeian of locales, the kitchen, that site of the most humble tasks.
Here, though, he stresses the extent to which the traditional elite pinned the plebeian tail on the radical donkey and withdrew themselves from the common culture; the largely plebeian-dissenter Monmouth's Revolt (a "civil war .
Whether Goldberg is as plebeian as he maintains, anyone who touches this business - or is touched by it - cannot help but be transformed.
The author describes a plebeian society whose members largely defined their own social identities, manipulated those identities for their own benefit, and worked out survival strategies with one another in ways that modified and, on occasion, rejected elite conceptions about racial hierarchies.