parvenu

parvenu
1. noun /ˈpɑː.və.njuː,ˈpɑː.və.nuː,ˈpɑɹ.və.nju,ˈpɑɹ.və.nu/
A person who has risen, climbed up, or has been promoted to a higher social class, especially through acquisition of wealth, rights, or political authority but has not gained social acceptance by those within that new class.

But the favourites power and influence provoke intense ill-feeling among other courtiers, who regard him as a sinister, usurping parvenu with ideas above his station, or perhaps even a sorcerer.

See Also: nouveau riche
2. adjective /ˈpɑː.və.njuː,ˈpɑː.və.nuː,ˈpɑɹ.və.nju,ˈpɑɹ.və.nu/
Being a parvenu; also, like or having the characteristics of a parvenu.

The Progressives were of the educated middle class, angry at the rule of parvenu financiers and industrialists.


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  • parvenu — parvenu, ue [ parvəny ] adj. et n. • 1690; de parvenir ♦ Qui a atteint rapidement une importante situation sociale, sans en acquérir les manières, le ton, le savoir vivre. « Le paysan parvenu », roman de Marivaux. « Les épaves de la noblesse sont …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • parvenu — parvenu, ue (par ve nu, nue) part. passé de parvenir. 1°   Parvenu au haut de la colline. Parvenu au faîte des honneurs. •   Déjà jusqu à mon coeur le venin parvenu Dans ce coeur expirant jette un froid inconnu, RAC. Phèdre, V, 7. 2°   Il se dit… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • Parvenü — Sm Aufsteiger, Neureicher erw. obs. (18. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus frz. parvenu(e), einer Substantivierung von frz. parvenir hinkommen, gelangen , aus l. pervenīre, zu l. venīre kommen und l. per , also eigentlich der Hinzugekommene .… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • parvenu — [pär′və no͞o΄, pär′vənyo͞o΄] n. [Fr, pp. of parvenir < L pervenire, to arrive < per, through (see PER1) + venire, COME] a person who has suddenly acquired wealth or power, esp. one who is not fully accepted socially by the class associated… …   English World dictionary

  • parvenu — (n.) upstart, 1802, from Fr. parvenu, said of an obscure person who has made a great fortune, noun use of pp. of parvenir to arrive, from L. pervenire, from per through + venire to come (see VENUE (Cf. venue)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Parvenu — Par ve*nu , n. [F., prop. p. p. of parvenir to attain to, to succeed, to rise to high station, L. pervenire to come to; per through + venire to come. See {Par}, prep., and {Come}.] An upstart; a man newly risen into notice. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • parvenu — фр. (парвэню) см. парвеню. Толковый словарь иностранных слов Л. П. Крысина. М: Русский язык, 1998 …   Словарь иностранных слов русского языка

  • Parvenu — (fr., spr. Parwenüh), Emporkömmling …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Parvenu — (franz., spr. parw nǖ), Emporkömmling …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Parvenu — (frz., spr. parwĕnüh), Emporkömmling …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Parvenu — (französ.), ein Emporkömmling, Glückspilz …   Damen Conversations Lexikon

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