poor relation

poor relation
noun
Etymology: poor (I)
: one that is regarded as holding a subordinate or inferior position

modern dance … is the poor relation among the theater arts — E.R.Bentley

the humanities have become poor relationsReport: (Canadian) Royal Commission on National Development

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poor relation noun
Any person or thing similar but inferior or subordinate to another
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Main Entry:poor

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poor relation phrase
a person, organization, or country that is considered to be less successful or important than another

The blood donor service complains that it has always been treated as a poor relation within the Health Service.

Thesaurus: unimportant person or peoplesynonym
Main entry: poor

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poor relation,
1. a relative in humble circumstances: »

A Poor Relation…is a preposterous shadow, lengthening in the noontide of your prosperity (Charles Lamb).

2. a person or thing of inferior circumstances, secondary importance, or otherwise the lesser in comparison to: »

Until a short time ago sculpture in Canada was a poor relation, [for] sculptors found little sponsorship and a small market (Atlantic).

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a person or thing that is considered inferior or subordinate to others of the same type or group

for many years radio has been the poor relation of the media

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ˌpoor reˈlation [poor relation] noun
something that is not treated with as much respect as other similar things because it is not thought to be as good, important or successful

The short story is often considered to be a poor relation to the novel.


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