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Our lifestyle upsets their bourgeois sensibilities.
  typical of the middle class or their values and habits — typically used to show disapproval


in Marxist theory: the property-owning class
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bourgeois bourgeoisie bourgeoise
Strongly Associated with:   proletariat
Bourgeois is also often used to refer to the values of the upper middle class. You may also see the term petit bourgeois to describe very small business owners.

Note that bourgeois, bourgeoisie, and bourgeoise are often interchanged.

Bourgeois is most common and can be used as an adjective or a noun.  Bourgeoisie is typically used only as a noun, and bourgeoise is occasionally used as an alternate spelling of bourgeois.
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  • Our lifestyle upsets their bourgeois sensibilities.
  • Venezuelan President, Hugo Chavez described golf as a bourgeois sport.
  • a bourgeois mentality
  • I did ask her questions, and I let her talk the whole time. I learned a lot about "objectification," Native Americans, and the bourgeoisie.
    Stephen Chbosky  --  The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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  • suitcases, for instance. He kept saying they were too new and bourgeois.
    J.D. Salinger  --  The Catcher in the Rye
  • She couldn’t stand racists of either color and had great distaste for bourgeois blacks who sought to emulate rich whites by...
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • The bourgeoisie is simply the contented portion of the people.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • the house, which is simple and thoroughly bourgeois
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Besides this, he was secretly and persistently attracted to the little bourgeois world, to those quiet and respectable homes with tidy gardens ... and their whole modest air of order and comfort.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • I remember her putting on her high-and-mighty free-woman stuff, saying you were still a slave to bourgeois morality and jealousy and you thought a woman you loved was a piece of private property you owned.
    Eugene O’Neill  --  The Iceman Cometh

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  • I sat in the shadow of the dark-green café awning, staring down the length of the Rue des Francs Bourgeois, the tepid sun of a Parisian autumn warming the side of my face.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • …. tight pants and pointed shoes are what the Western bourgeoisie admire.
    Ji-Li Jiang  --  Red Scarf Girl
  • Within the outer layers of civil life in that busy Southern town Jews were warmly, thoroughly assimilated and became unexceptional participants: merchants, doctors, lawyers, a spectrum of bourgeois achievement.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • To do so would be to overstep the bounds, and to display a bourgeois lack of cool.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • They were constitutionally different, it was obvious now, Kit having more of Alan’s stolidity — Ruby would call it bourgeois — but in any case Kit was tired of the spirals, was exhausted by the deep cleaning Ruby tried to do every time they talked.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • Vous etes le bourgeois?
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • He contended that the family was a bourgeois institution; but he made no issue of it and did not crusade for free love.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • I went on to my room and read the assigned pages of Le bourgeois gentilhomme.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • I can assure you, I’m not so set on a bourgeois life as Mother and Margot.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • It is like that Turkish phrase of Moliere’s that so astonished the bourgeois gentleman by the number of things implied in its utterance.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • LE BRET: Montfleury first, the bourgeois, then De Guiche, The Viscount, Baro, the Academy….
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • She was a plump, pink, sluggish girl who read good books and kept urging Yossarian not to be so bourgeois without the r.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • When I met Dolores she had all the poses of the Black bourgeoisie without the material basis to support the postures.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • On the face of it, Bullhead City doesn’t seem like the kind of place that would appeal to an adherent of Thoreau and Tolstoy, an ideologue who expressed nothing but contempt for the bourgeois trappings of mainstream America.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • The same dogs who weren’t fit to lick my shoes before the Shorawi came were now ordering me at gunpoint, Parchami flag on their lapels, making their little point about the fall of the bourgeoisie and acting like they were the ones with class.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • Why, is it the bourgeois disgrace you are afraid of?
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • He considered them bourgeois, and found more diversion at the club.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • He was no gypsy but a bourgeois from Valencia.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • He has a bourgeois mind.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • Monsieur le petit bourgeois noir—himself!
    Lorraine Hansberry  --  A Raisin in the Sun
  • Now, when he was on fire with his Cause, Arthur’s justice seemed bourgeois and obtuse beside him.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • His efforts do lead him to meet people of the higher classes, the bourgeois Schlegel sisters and, through them, the aristocratic Wilcox family.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • Millennium is generally viewed as critical of society, but I’m guessing the anarchists think it’s a wimpy bourgeois crap magazine along the lines of Arena or Ordfront, while the Moderate Students Association probably thinks that the editors are all Bolsheviks.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Minerva calls me her little petit bourgeois.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • She had chosen the moment before bed, when, in accordance with their bourgeois habit, she always dispensed drinks to the men.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • He went about with the bourgeois of Bestwood.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • Most of the sweating parents never graduated from high school, much less attended college, and are certainly not going to be reined in at the only graduation many will ever attend by some distant, bourgeois blacks.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • Everybody—everybody that was noble of course, for as for the bourgeois we could not quite be expected to take notice of THEM—visited his neighbour.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • It was because of this melancholia that he felt obliged to break off his engagement, something the Copenhagen bourgeoisie did not look kindly on.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • My mom says that’s because at the time she rejected the bourgeois mores of a society that didn’t even accept women as equals to men and refused to recognize her rights as an individual.
    Meg Cabot  --  The Princess Diaries
  • They tell us that your officers are chosen from the bourgeois classes to control ordinary sailors from the working class.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • Look at you bourgeois people watching tv!
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • And that was enough to condemn me forever as bourgeois.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • Clever at all games of cards, a good hunter, and writing a fine hand, he had at home a lathe, and amused himself by turning napkin rings, with which he filled up his house, with the jealousy of an artist and the egotism of a bourgeois.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • The Naxalite movement spread across the country and struck terror in every bourgeois heart.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • My argument was that it was as undemocratic to specify that the leaders had to be from the working class as to declare that they should be bourgeois intellectuals.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • This is very bourgeois.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • Some feminists found Johansson’s conclusions significant, others criticized her for "spreading bourgeois illusions."
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • I would willingly reintroduce to society the opium pipe of China or the Malayan kriss, but I am wholly and entirely without instruction in those infinitely more pernicious (besides being quite bleakly bourgeois) implements, the umbrella and the watch.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • But the explanation was the same—because it was a dull time, because he was broke; he soon kept company with bear-eyes Sylvester in his pamphlet-armed war with the bourgeoisie and took lessons in pool from Dingbat.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
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