third world

(redirected from Third-World)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Financial, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

third world

Underdeveloped or developing countries, as in The conditions in our poorest rural areas resemble those in the third world. This expression originated in the mid-1900s, at first denoting those countries in Asia and Africa that were not aligned with either the Communist bloc nations or the non-Communist Western nations. Because they were for the most part poor and underdeveloped, the term was transferred to all countries with those characteristics, and later still to poorer groups within a larger prevailing culture.
See also: third, world
References in periodicals archive ?
In Monterrey, however, the rhetoric was shriller, and the pressure more acute than ever before to hang the Third-World development albatross around the collective neck of the wealthy nations, or more accurately, their taxpaying citizenry.
This may seem obvious, but in an often guilty middle-class world that wants to do things for poor third-world people, the most important message in this video is social, not environmental.
to deliver the machines to missionary families living in Haiti, the Dominican Republic and possibly through other relief organizations in other third-world countries.
And, after a two-year flirtation with four Brazilian cities, the Guggenheim recently popped the question to Rio de Janeiro, where it plans to build its very first third-world outpost, to be designed by French architect Jean Nouvel.
In these three cases at least, President Reagan and his advisers seemed to have grasped the argument, first put forward under the Carter administration, that America ought to be "on the side of change'--that by backing moderate political forces trying to oust a Third-World dictator, we could preempt the Soviet Union from playing a significant role in either the revolution or the future of the country at hand.
During her stay in office, Gandhi organized a conference of nonaligned third-world nations in 1983, which was attended by diplomats from 101 countries.