Simple Definition of populace
: the people who live in a country or area
Examples of populace in a sentence
The populace has suffered greatly.
<high officials awkwardly mingling with the general populace>
Did You Know?
Populace is usually used to refer to all the people of a country. Thus, we're often told that an educated and informed populace is essential for a healthy American democracy. Franklin D. Roosevelt's famous radio "Fireside Chats" informed and reassured the American populace in the 1930s as we struggled through the Great Depression. We often hear about what "the general populace" is thinking or doing, but generalizing about something so huge can be tricky.
Origin and Etymology of populace
Middle French, from Italian popolaccio rabble, augmentative of popolo the people, from Latin populus
First Known Use: 1572
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