subaltern [sʌbˈɔltərn or ˈsʌbəlˌtɜrn] a.
1.) Lower in position or rank; secondary.
2.) Chiefly British. Holding a military rank just below that of captain.
3.) Logic. In the relation of a particular proposition to a universal with the same subject, predicate, and quality.
1.) A subordinate.
2.) Chiefly British. A subaltern officer.
3.) Logic. A subaltern proposition (American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language).
Etymology: French subalterne, from Old French, from Late Latin subalternus: Latin sub- + alternus, alternate.
"Consider this still-life by one of the inmates: the melon, cleft in twain, a severed completeness; an island identity isolated from the whole, proxy for the prisoner removed from society. Foregrounded, the reduction becomes amplification, hegemonic-historical myth-making undercut by the end-space non-scape [sic] of the white. This is canvasas theaterof existential warfare; an insurgency of the voiceless subaltern" (The Colbert Report, Barry Julien (head writer), July 14th 2011).