(noun) An effort by a higher-status individual to take on characteristics of people in a lower-status during social interactions.
Example: A politician who dresses differently depending on the audience to seem more approachable and in touch with the needs of voters.
Audio Pronunciation: (sta·tus de·class·ing)
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- Plural: status declassings
- Termed coined by Vance Packard in The Status Seeker: An Exploration of Class Behavior in America and the Hidden Barriers That Affect You, Your Community, Your Futures (1959).
- Status declassing used in a sentence: My father was great at status declassing, he liked to make everyone feel welcome.