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lum·pen 1

 (lŭm′pən, lo͝om′-)
1. Of or relating to dispossessed, often displaced people who have been cut off from the socioeconomic class with which they would ordinarily be identified: lumpen intellectuals unable to find work in their fields.
2. Of or relating to the lumpenproletariat.
3. Vulgar or common; plebeian: "Popular novelists and their mass readership remain a despised lumpen minority" (Leslie Fiedler).
1. (used with a pl. verb) The lumpenproletariat.
2. (used with a sing. verb) A member of the lumpenproletariat.

[From German Lumpenproletariat, the lowest section of the proletariat; see lumpenproletariat.]

lum·pen 2

Having lumps or a lumpy appearance: "glancing with reluctant distaste at the shrouded, lumpen shape on the floor" (P.D. James).

[lump + -en.]
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informal stupid or unthinking
[from German Lump vagabond, influenced in meaning by Lumpen rag, as in lumpenproletariat]
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(ˈlʌm pən, ˈlʊm-)

1. of or pertaining to disfranchised and uprooted individuals or groups, esp. those who have lost status: the lumpen bourgeoisie.
2. a lumpen individual or group.
[1945–50; extracted from lumpenproletariat]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.lumpen - mentally sluggishlumpen - mentally sluggish      
stupid - lacking or marked by lack of intellectual acuity
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[ˈlʌmpən] (esp Brit) ADJ [person] → necio
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adj (= bulky) building etcklobig; (inf: = stupid) → blöd (inf)
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A revolution is made when the propertied are driven into such desperation that they make common cause with the lumpen against the elite.
"Deeply saddened that lumpen goons get preference in @incindia over those who have given their sweat and blood.
Mathai pleaded that the Supreme Court should direct all state governments to ensure adequate and elaborate security measures for churches and safety of all Christians to discourage lumpen elements from targeting them and disrupting religious gatherings on the occasion of Christmas all over India.
It may find a fleeting resonance in the lumpen proletariat but is going to be a harder sell to those that have lived lives of entitlement.
Swaraj India founder and lawyer Prashant Bhushan also slammed the minister and accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah of patronising "lumpen thugs".
Those who stayed on as 'kanto boys' became, well, the 'tambay,' from the English 'stand by.' They were sometimes scoffed at by the activists as the 'lumpen proletariat,' or, simply the 'lumpen,' to differentiate them from the revolutionary working class.
They all deserve better than the lumpen and flavourless dialogue they're asked to chew on.
Addressing a public meeting in Panaji, Sinha also slammed sudden re-naming of the national capital's Akbar Road to Maharana Pratap Road by unknown persons, claiming that lumpen elements were being promoted by the Modi government.
While mainly renovating older buildings, the company's redevelopment of Liverpool's modern Millennium House council building into a Bill Shankly hotel, complete with the inclusion of a huge rooftop extension, prompted criticism from heritage campaigners who decried it as a 'lumpen, thuggish carbuncle.'.
Or we could consider that the situation surveyed by Fanon in 1961, extending from the Caribbean to Africa, Maghreb and Mashreq--a situation of racialized colonization--was still capitalism but one sufficiently distinct that we could allow him such a claim about the lumpen then and there, while recognizing that this claim would have little purchase in the "developed" nations in Europe, say, or the United States.
Hence, discussing the new emerging class on both sides of Atlantic, Daniel Henninger does not hesitate to consider them a retrograde force of 'lumpen proletariat', outcasts turned professional dissidents, a fake class of 'social scam'.