Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Bourgeoisie (German burg, town), in France of the last century, the professional and mercantile, and shop-keeping classes, as contrasted with the nobles and the peasantry. The term is now used by socialist writers specially for the capitalist and middle class as contrasted with artisans and labourers. Selfishness and narrowness are attributed by them to the "bourgeois spirit."