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 for plebeian
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Plebeian \Ple*be"ian\, n.
     1. One of the plebs, or common people of ancient Rome, in
        distinction from patrician.
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     2. One of the common people, or lower rank of men.
        [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Plebeian \Ple*be"ian\ (pl[-e]*b[=e]"yan), a. [L. plebeius, from
     plebs, plebis, the common people: cf. F. pl['e]b['e]ien.]
     1. Of or pertaining to the Roman plebs, or common people.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. Of or pertaining to the common people; vulgar; common; as,
        plebeian sports; a plebeian throng.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  plebeian
      adj 1: of or associated with the great masses of people; "the
             common people in those days suffered greatly"; "behavior
             that branded him as common"; "his square plebeian nose";
             "a vulgar and objectionable person"; "the unwashed
             masses" [syn: common, plebeian, vulgar, unwashed]
      n 1: one of the common people [syn: plebeian, pleb]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  61 Moby Thesaurus words for "plebeian":
     Babbittish, Cockney, Everyman, John Smith, Philistine, average man,
     base, baseborn, below the salt, bourgeois, brutish, campy, coarse,
     cockney, common, common man, commoner, commonplace, crass, gauche,
     general, high-camp, homely, homespun, humble, ignoble, inferior,
     kitschy, little fellow, little man, low, low-camp, low-class,
     lowborn, lowbred, lowbrow, lowly, mean, nonclerical, ordinary,
     plain, pleb, pop, popular, proletarian, provincial, public,
     roturier, rude, rustic, shabby-genteel, third-estate, uncouth,
     undistinguished, ungenteel, unpolished, unrefined, unwashed,
     vernacular, vulgar, working-class
  
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  PLEBEIAN. One who is classed among the common people, as distinguished from 
  the nobles. Happily in this country the order of nobles does not exist. 
  
  

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  PLEBEIAN, n.  An ancient Roman who in the blood of his country stained
  nothing but his hands.  Distinguished from the Patrician, who was a
  saturated solution.
  

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