plebeian
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(pronounced plih-BEE-ehn)

You will sound so very smart using this word as it refers back to ancient Roman times. As a noun, a plebeian is a member of the Roman plebs, the general body of Roman citizens that were distinguished from the patricians, or privileged class. In everyday use, the word is used to describe those who are considered common, vulgar, or downright objectionable.

Example: Though she knew she shouldn’t, Victoria couldn’t help but consider her fellow designers plebeian as they all preferred TV over reading and had never traveled far beyond the state’s borders.