Something déclassé has a lower social status than it used to have.
The spelling of the word illustrates the meaning: déclassé things have lost their class, or perhaps they never had much class to begin with.
day class SAY
Part of speech:
(Adjectives are describing words, like “large” or “late.”
They can be used in two ways:
1. Right before a noun, as in “a déclassé perspective.”
2. After a linking verb, as in "Their perspective was déclassé.”)
None, but you can use the similar word "declass,"
pronounced just like it sounds, "dee CLASS,"
as a verb meaning "to lower somebody or something's
social class or social status."
How to use it:
Talk about a déclassé restaurant that's not as hip as it used to be; a déclassé type of clothing or accessory that used to be cool but isn't anymore; an entire philosophy, movement, or trend that's grown déclassé, and so on.
You might say someone's particular actions or views or statements are déclassé--no longer cool or no longer tolerated--as in déclassé hazing on college campuses and déclassé jokes targeting women, people of a certain race, etc.
I admit, using "déclassé" can make you sound snobby for so many reasons. The word is judgmental by definition; it's retained its French sound; it's got those little marks over the e's that make people nervous. So use your good judgment.
Homes for sale that were built in the 90s and never updated are an interesting conglomeration of bold wallpaper, gold-colored fixtures, and déclassé glass blocks.
To say the very least, I have a problem with the pundit's déclassé view of immigrants as leeches on society.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You’ll know you understand what "déclassé " means when you can explain it without saying "passé" or "lower class."
Think of something trendy that you used to be really into, and fill in the blanks: "It's/They're long since déclassé now, but _____ used to be _____."
Example: "They're long since déclassé now, but skating rinks used to be the hippest place to be on a Friday night. It was extra cool if your parents let you go without them AND you were wearing something that glowed in the dark."
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1. The opposite of DÉCLASSÉ is
2. After designating winners and losers became déclassé in children's sports, some argue, _____.
A. the children who often lost suffered lower self-esteem
B. there was an increase in sports-related scholarships
C. we started raising a wimpier, more entitled generation
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