Low-life

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For other uses, see Low Life.


A low-life or lowlife is a term for a person who is considered unacceptable by their community in general. Examples of people who are often called "lowlifes" are skells, prostitutes, drug addicts, drug dealers, alcoholics, hustlers, pimps, slumlords, criminals and corrupt officials or authority figures.[1]

Often, the term is used as an indication of disapproval of antisocial or self-destructive behaviors, usually bearing a connotation of contempt and derision. It's most eminent use in popular culture is to denote an author or user of the interweb site Uncyclopedia, largely due to the disgusting and immoral habits of the infamous you.

This usage of the word dates to 1911.[2]

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