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third world

Generally speaking, those countries that are underdeveloped or only beginning to develop at a sociopolitical and economic level. Often hyphenated and used as a modifier before a noun. The devastating attack rendered the country a third world in a matter of weeks. He has spent his life dedicated to improving the lives of those in third-world countries around the globe.
See also: third, world

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
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The Third Worlders rule South Africa, and so are in a position, and have the motivation, to redress the imbalances and close the gaps as they are nowhere else.
as the Internet and Coca-Cola, to those poor backward Third Worlders.
He sees America and the other Western nations as erasing themselves from the face of the earth by a failure to multiply, leaving the planet under the control of fecund, illiberal, anti-American Third Worlders.
Third Worlders are organized in modern-day claim clubs, and their governments have begun to give them preemption rights.
Any self-respecting liberal would feel guilty about being so well served by so many apparent Third Worlders.
Such claims are designed to make westerners feel guilty about their prosperity and to enhance the feel-good attitudes of Third Worlders, who can point to Western exploitation and not indigenous factors as the source of their economic backwardness.
That there was no real follow-up has had its impact not only on American employment, but on the lives of Third Worlders at the wrong end of U.
Any self-respecting liberal would feel guilty being so well served by so many apparent Third Worlders.