common touch


Definition of common touch

: the gift of appealing to or arousing the sympathetic interest of the common people

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After years of an ailing pontiff leading a stuffy Church, Cardinal Bergoglio’s common touch and his South American pedigree seemed a logical choice for a Church desperate to engage with its future. Jason Horowitz, Vogue, "How Pope Francis Is Changing the Catholic Church," 16 July 2018 President Bill Clinton Florida and the whole country have lost a valiant patriot, a man who moved confidently through the corridors of power of many nations but who never lost his common touch. Christopher Marquis, miamiherald, "Jorge Mas Canosa dead at 58," 15 June 2018 Resilience from adversity Folklorists have highlighted the importance of humble origins for heroes to show a common touch and accessibility. Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, Fortune, "Why CEOs Make Great Politicians," 14 June 2018 To underline his common touch, Mr. Kurz flies economy on state business and walks to work, a novelty in Austria, an affluent nation fond of hierarchy and decorum. Bojan Pancevski, WSJ, "Austrian Leader’s Blueprint for Europe’s Establishment: Move to the Right," 25 May 2018 The idea is to evoke trust and familiarity, a common touch. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Why Mark Zuckerberg is embracing more regulation of political ads on Facebook," 10 Apr. 2018 During the 1992 election, she was often deployed by the Bush campaign as a surrogate to humanize a president not known for charisma or the common touch. Anchorage Daily News, "Family: Former first lady Barbara Bush dies at 92," 18 Apr. 2018 The evening’s program included a strident speech by Pirro, who praised Trump as a man with a common touch. Washington Post, "‘These are our true friends’: Trump fans flock to a Mar-a-Lago celebration," 6 Mar. 2018 There have since been bold classical composers who straddle genres; charismatic conductors who have the common touch; visionary teachers who practise joyous inclusivity and access. The Economist, "A man in fullLeonard Bernstein at 100," 18 Jan. 2018

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1910, in the meaning defined above

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