populist


1pop·u·list

noun \ˈpä-pyə-list\

Definition of POPULIST

1
:  a member of a political party claiming to represent the common people; especially often capitalized :  a member of a United States political party formed in 1891 primarily to represent agrarian interests and to advocate the free coinage of silver and government control of monopolies
2
:  a believer in the rights, wisdom, or virtues of the common people
pop·u·lism \-ˌli-zəm\ noun
pop·u·lis·tic \ˌpä-pyə-ˈlis-tik\ adjective

Origin of POPULIST

Latin populus the people
First Known Use: 1892

Other Government and Politics Terms

agent provocateur, agitprop, autarky, cabal, egalitarianism, federalism, hegemony, plenipotentiary, popular sovereignty, socialism

2populist

adjective

: of or relating to a political party that claims to represent ordinary people

Full Definition of POPULIST

1
often capitalized :  of, relating to, or characterized by populism
2
a :  popular 1
b :  popular 2

First Known Use of POPULIST

1893

Other Government and Politics Terms

agent provocateur, agitprop, autarky, cabal, egalitarianism, federalism, hegemony, plenipotentiary, popular sovereignty, socialism

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