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populist

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noun pop·u·list \ˈpä-pyə-list\

Definition of populist

  1. 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. 2 :  a believer in the rights, wisdom, or virtues of the common people

populism

play \-ˌli-zəm\ noun

populistic

play \ˌpä-pyə-ˈlis-tik\ adjective


Did You Know?

The word populist first appeared in the 1890s with the founding of the Populist Party, which stood for the interests of the farmers against the big-money interests. In later years populism came to be associated with the blue-collar class in the cities as well. Populism can be hard to predict. It sometimes has a religious tendency; it usually isn't very interested in international affairs; it has sometimes been unfriendly to immigrants and blacks; and it's often anti-intellectual. So populism often switches between liberal and conservative. But the populist style always shows its concern with Americans with average incomes as opposed to the rich and powerful.

Origin and Etymology of populist

Latin populus the people


First Known Use: 1892


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populist

adjective pop·u·list

Simple Definition of populist

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of populist

  1. 1 often capitalized :  of, relating to, or characterized by populism

  2. 2 a :  popular 1 b :  popular 2

1893

First Known Use of populist

1893


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