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Overclass is a recent and pejorative[1][2] term for the most powerful group in a social hierarchy. Users of the term generally imply excessive and unjust privilege and exploitation of the rest of society.[3][4][5]

Perhaps the most commonly agreed-upon "overclass" consists of leaders in international business, finance and the war industry.[6]

The word is fairly recent: the Oxford English Dictionary only included it December 2004.[7] But it has been in use since at least 1995. At least some writers compare it to the more familiar underclass:

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  • Adler, Jerry (July 31, 1995). "The Rise of the Overclass; The Overclass 100". Newsweek 126 (5): 32–46.  – Newsweek cover story on "How the new elite scrambled up the merit ladder—and wants to stay there any way it can."

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