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Definition typical of the middle class or their values and habits - typically used disapprovingly

or (in Marxist theory):

typical of the property-owning class
  • Our lifestyle upsets their bourgeois sensibilities.
bourgeois = typical middle class
  • Venezuelan President, Hugo Chavez described golf as a bourgeois sport.
  • bourgeois = typical of the property-owning class (Marxist theory)
  • She told the police officer that she was trying to awaken her bourgeois neighbors.
  • bourgeois = having the values and habits of the middle class
  • Her revolt against bourgeois values is a revolt against her parents.
  • bourgeois = typical of the middle class
  • I can assure you, I'm not so set on a bourgeois life as Mother and Margot.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • bourgeois = typical middle class
  • Lackeys of the bourgeoisie!
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • bourgeoisie = members of the middle class
  • the house, which is simple and thoroughly bourgeois
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • bourgeois = typical of the middle class
  • The bourgeoisie is simply the contented portion of the people.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • bourgeoisie = people with values typical of the middle class
  • I did ask her questions, and I let her talk the whole time. I learned a lot about "objectification," Native Americans, and the bourgeoisie.
    Stephen Chbosky  --  The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • bourgeoisie = a member of the middle class

    or (in Marxist theory):

    a member of the property-owing class
  • suitcases, for instance. He kept saying they were too new and bourgeois.
    J.D. Salinger  --  The Catcher in the Rye
  • bourgeois = represented middle class values
  • She couldn't stand racists of either color and had great distaste for bourgeois blacks who sought to emulate rich whites by...
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • bourgeois = typical of the middle class or their values and habits
  • Besides this, he was secretly and persistently attracted to the little bourgeois world, to those quiet and respectable homes with tidy gardens ... and their whole modest air of order and comfort.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • bourgeois = typical of the middle class
  • I remember her putting on her high-and-mighty free-woman stuff, saying you were still a slave to bourgeois morality and jealousy and you thought a woman you loved was a piece of private property you owned.
    Eugene O'Neill  --  The Iceman Cometh
  • bourgeois = typical of the middle class values
  • They think that we are bourgeois because we have virtue, and prehistoric because we are not decadent.
    Oppenheim, E. Phillips  --  The Yellow Crayon
  • She had chosen the moment before bed, when, in accordance with their bourgeois habit, she always dispensed drinks to the men.
    Forster, E. M.  --  A Room With A View
  • The modern bourgeois society that has sprouted from the ruins of feudal society has not done away with clash antagonisms.
    Marx, Karl & Engles, Frederick  --  The Communist Manifesto
  • ...set the bells and the bourgeois of Paris in a ferment from early morning.
    Hugo, Victor  --  Notre-Dame de Paris
  • The whole dream of democracy is to raise the proletarian to the level of stupidity attained by the bourgeoisie.
    Gustave Flaubert
  • I went on to my room and read the assigned pages of Le bourgeois gentilhomme.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • And long-toothed beatniks in their cups hone for the rituals of right and wrong their bourgeois fathers taught.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues

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