In sociology, the main grouping of social stratification in industrial societies, based primarily on economic and occupational factors, but also referring to people's style of living or sense of group identity. Within the social sciences, class has been used both as a descriptive category and as the basis of theories about industrial society. Theories of class may see such social divisions either as a source of social stability (Emile Durkheim) or social conflict (Karl Marx). In the US, little acknowledgment is given to the notion of class. If asked, most Americans identify themselves as middle class, although social scientists use measurements of education level, income, and occupation to ascribe social strata.
1 > The act of binding oneself (intellectually or emotionally) to a course of action | SYN: allegiance, loyalty, dedication.
2 > An engagement by contract involving financial obligation.
3 > A message that makes a pledge | SYN: dedication.
4 > The official act of consigning a person to a prison (or mental hospital) | SYN: committal, consignment.
ETYM Latin discursus a running to and fro, discourse, from discurrere, discursum, to run to and fro, to discourse; dis- + currere to run: cf. French discours. Related to Course. Extended verbal expression in speech or writing.
ETYM French lecture, Late Lat. lectura, from Latin legere, lectum, to read. Related to Legend.
1 > A lengthy rebuke | SYN: speech, talking to.
2 > A speech that is open to the public | SYN: public lecture, talk.
3 > Teaching by giving a discourse on some subject (typically to a class) | SYN: lecturing.
ETYM Old Eng. lessoun, French leçon lesson, reading, from Latin lectio a reading, from legere to read, collect. Related to Legend, Lection.
1 > A task assigned for individual study.
2 > A unit of instruction.
1 > A particular interpretation or performance
2 > The act of measuring with meters or similar instruments | SYN: meter reading.
3 > The cognitive process of understanding a written linguistic message
4 > The data presented to a user by a meter or similar instrument | SYN: meter reading.
5 > Written material intended to be read
ETYM From Recite.
1 > A detailed statement giving facts and figures.
2 > Performance of music or dance especially by soloists.
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