A socialist version of populism.

The belief that the working class is both the repository of particular cultural and intellectual virtues, and the only feasible source of political progress under capitalism.

More frequently used against those who are alleged to hold this view than as a term of self-description.



proletarian +‎ -ism; compare proletarism.


  • (Received Pronunciation) enPR: prō’lĭtâʹrĭənĭzəm, IPA(key)/ˌpɹəʊlɪˈtɛəɹɪənɪzəm/
  • (General American) enPR: prō’lĭtâʹrēənĭzəm, IPA(key)/ˌpɹoʊlɪˈtɛɹi.ənɪzəm/
  • Hyphenation: pro‧le‧tar‧i‧an‧ism


proletarianism (usually uncountableplural proletarianisms)

  1. (uncountable) The political character and practice of the proletariat; advocacy or advancement of the proletariat’s interests.
  2. (uncountable) The state, quality, or condition of being a proletarian.
  3. (countable) A proletarian word or turn of phrase; a vulgarism. quotations ▼
  4. (uncountable, rare) Proletarians regarded as a class; the proletariat.

Derived terms[edit]

  • proletarianiseproletarianisedproletarianising


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