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Does a patrician family mean a rich family?

Does a plebeian family mean a poor family?

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Does a patrician family mean a rich family?The word suggests more that the family is refined, cultured.

Does a plebeian family mean a poor family? The word suggests more that the family is unrefined, uncultured.

If you want to focus on their economic situation, use words (as you have done above) like rich and poor.


The words patrician and plebeian are not very common.

Clive

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In reality that is likely true, but that is not what the words mean. They are charged words whose meanings depend on our assuming a rather Roman world view.

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Thank you very much.

'A plebeian family' means poor and ill-educated, and 'a patrician family' means rich and well-educated. Emotion: smile)

But consider this.

If a patrician family loses all its money, it does not simply become plebeian.

if a plebeian family gains a lot of money, it does not simply become patrician.

I'm thinking in particular of the British class system, which is complex and difficult for an outside observer to comprehend.

Clive

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