common touch


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

Examples of common touch in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Jokowi and Modi owe their victories as much to their charisma, common touch, and pro-development reputations as to their stances on questions of piety and religious discrimination. Dan Slater, Foreign Affairs, 3 July 2019 Rising from humble farmhand to community organizer to a leader of the national Fatah party, Mr. Barghouti became known for his soaring oratory and common touch. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, 1 Apr. 2024 Gardiner has made space, too, for other lovely turns: Matthew Lamb is a delight as the Little Boy, an upper-crust kid with a common touch and a weird clairvoyant inkling of impending war. Peter Marks, Washington Post, 6 Nov. 2023 For all the Scrooge-type jokes, Mr. Carter earned respect for staying true to the president’s goal of bringing a common touch to the White House. Brian Murphy, Washington Post, 27 July 2023 With that common touch, he’s come to specialize in protecting the rich and famous from the consequences of their poorest decisions. Sheelah Kolhatkar, The New Yorker, 24 July 2023 That common touch is something Imamoglu shares with Erdogan. Ayla Jean Yackley, Foreign Affairs, 12 Apr. 2019 But this Tim Rice-Andrew Lloyd Webber musical has often felt divided against itself: half grudging admiration, half undiluted scorn, highlighting Eva’s pop-star glamour, charisma, and common touch while also painting a portrait of her as an avaricious, power-hungry opportunist. Don Aucoin,, 7 June 2023 The columnist suggested that Riordan would need to develop a more common touch to make the most of his job. James Rainey, Los Angeles Times, 22 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1910, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of common touch was in 1910

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“Common touch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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