Roget's Thesaurus: Entry 876 (Commonalty)

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#876. Commonalty. -- N. commonalty, democracy; obscurity; low condition, low life, low society, low company; bourgeoisie; mass of the people, mass of society,; Brown Jones and Robinson; lower classes, humbler classes, humbler orders; vulgar herd, common herd; rank and file, hoc genus omne[Lat]; the many, the general,the crowd, the people, the populace, the multitude, the million, the masses, the mobility, the peasantry; king Mob; proletariat; fruges consumere nati[Lat], demos, hoi polloi [Grk][Grk][Grk], great unwashed; man in the street.

mob; rabble, rabble rout; chaff, rout, horde, canaille; scum of the people, residuum of the people, dregs of the people, dregs of society; swinish multitude, foex populi[obs]; trash; profanum vulgus[Lat], ignobile vulgus[Lat]; vermin, riffraff, ragtag and bobtail; small fry.

commoner, one of the people, democrat, plebeian, republican, proletary[obs], proletaire[obs], roturier[obs], Mr. Snooks, bourgeois, epicier[Fr], Philistine, cockney; grisette[obs], demimonde.

peasant, countryman, boor, carle[obs], churl; villain, villein; terrae filius[Latin: son of the land]; serf, kern[obs], tyke, tike, chuff[obs], ryot[obs], fellah; longshoreman; swain, clown, hind; clod, clodhopper; hobnail, yokel, bog-trotter, bumpkin; plowman, plowboy[obs]; rustic, hayseed*, lunkhead [U. S.], chaw-bacon*[obs], tiller of the soil; hewers of wood and drawers of water, groundling[obs]; gaffer, loon, put, cub, Tony Lumpkin[obs], looby[obs], rube* [U. S.], lout, underling; gamin; rough; pot-wallopper[obs], slubberdegullion|; vulgar fellow, low fellow; cad, curmudgeon.

upstart, parvenu, skipjack[obs]; nobody, nobody one knows; hesterni quirites[Lat], pessoribus orti[Lat]; bourgeois gentilhomme[Fr], novus homo[Lat], snob, gent, mushroom, no one knows who, adventurer; man of straw.

beggar, gaberlunzie[obs], muckworm[obs], mudlark[obs], sans culotte, raff[obs], tatterdemalion, caitiff, ragamuffin, Pariah, outcast of society, tramp, vagabond, bezonian[obs], panhandler*, sundowner[obs], chiffonnier, Cinderella, cinderwench[obs], scrub, jade; gossoon[obs].

Goth, Vandal, Hottentot, Zulu, savage, barbarian, Yahoo; unlicked cub[obs], rough diamond|!.

barbarousness, barbarism; boeotia.

V. be ignoble &c. adj., be nobody &c. n.

Adj. ignoble, common, mean, low, base, vile, sorry, scrubby, beggarly; below par; no great shakes &c. (unimportant) 643; homely, homespun; vulgar, low-minded; snobbish.

plebeian, proletarian; of low parentage, of low origin, of low extraction, of mean parentage, of mean origin, of mean extraction; lowborn, baseborn, earthborn[obs]; mushroom, dunghill, risen from the ranks; unknown to fame, obscure, untitled.

rustic, uncivilized; loutish, boorish, clownish, churlish, brutish, raffish; rude, unlicked[obs].

barbarous, barbarian, barbaric, barbaresque[obs]; cockney, born within sound of Bow bells.

underling, menial, subaltern.

Adv. below the salt.

Phr. dummodo sit dives barbarus ipse placet [Lat][Ovid].