- poorSociological jargon which has passed into standard English, suggesting that those so described have lost an advantage which they once enjoyed, such as having rich parents or good schooling:I do want to help him — because he's black and probably grew up disadvantaged. (Theroux, 1982)A 1965 Jules Feiffer cartoon tracks the progression from 'poor' to 'needy' to 'deprived' to 'disadvantaged'.
How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms. R. W. Holder. 2014.
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