unwashed masses

unwashed masses
The collective group ("mass") of people who are considered by someone to be somehow uneducated, uninformed, or in some other way unqualified for inclusion in the speakers elite circles.

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  • unwashed — I. adjective Date: 13th century 1. not cleaned with or as if with soap and water 2. ignorant, plebeian < the unwashed masses > • unwashedness noun II. noun Date: 1830 an ignorant or underprivile …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • unwashed — [un wôsht′, unwäsht′] adj. not washed; dirty, soiled, etc. the (great) unwashed the common people; the masses: originally a patronizing or contemptuous use, now usually ironic in application, with reference to elitism …   English World dictionary

  • masses — [n] public, crowd commonalty, common people, great unwashed*, hoi polloi*, lower class, mob, multitude, proletariat, rabble, rank and file*, riffraff*; concept 417 …   New thesaurus

  • unwashed — [[t]ʌ̱nwɒ̱ʃt[/t]] 1) ADJ Unwashed people or objects are dirty and need to be washed. They looked pale and unhealthy, with unwashed hair and sunken cheeks... Leftover food and unwashed dishes cover the dirty counters. Syn: grubby 2) PHRASE The… …   English dictionary

  • unwashed — Synonyms and related words: base, baseborn, canaille, contaminated, corrupted, dirty, dregs, humble, impure, infected, low, lowborn, lowly, masses, mean, mob, nonkosher, plebeian, polluted, proletariat, ragtag and bobtail, riffraff, ritually… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • masses — noun a) People, especially a large number of people Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses... b) The total population. The masses will be voting this Tuesday. Syn: unwashed …   Wiktionary

  • unwashed — un•washed [[t]ʌnˈwɒʃt, ˈwɔʃt[/t]] adj. 1) not cleaned or purified by or as if by washing 2) cvb untutored, unsophisticated, or ignorant; plebeian 3) the (great) unwashed, the masses; the rabble • Etymology: 1350–1400 …   From formal English to slang

  • masses — Synonyms and related words: cog, commonality, commonalty, creature, flunky, follower, hoi polloi, ignobile vulgus, inferior, junior, lightweight, lower class, lower orders, many headed multitude, mobile vulgus, pawn, second fiddle, secondary,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • masses — noun the common people generally (Freq. 3) separate the warriors from the mass power to the people • Syn: ↑multitude, ↑mass, ↑hoi polloi, ↑people, ↑the great unwashed …   Useful english dictionary

  • great unwashed — noun /ˌɡreɪt ʌnˈwɒʃt,ˌɡreɪt ʌnˈwɑːʃt,ˌɡreɪt ʌnˈwɔːʃt/ A contemptuous term for the populace, particularly the working class. The Liberal campaign was so carefully orchestrated that McLeod was never in a position to be confronted by the great… …   Wiktionary

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