populace

noun
pop·​u·​lace | \ ˈpä-pyə-ləs How to pronounce populace (audio) \

Definition of populace

1 : the common people : masses

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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.

Examples of populace in a Sentence

The populace has suffered greatly. high officials awkwardly mingling with the general populace

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Poland’s Law and Justice also belongs in this camp, having feuded with Brussels on some governance questions but representing a populace still eager to be part of the Western European club. Joseph C. Sternberg, WSJ, "Saving Europe by Destroying It From Within," 14 Feb. 2019 Yet this required purveyors to requisition food, drink and other materials necessary for the events from that same populace. Judith Flanders, WSJ, "‘Behind the Throne’ Review: It Takes a Kingdom," 5 Oct. 2018 The crusade against adding fluoride to public water began in the 1950s among Americans who saw danger in the protective measures that had been adopted over decades to protect the populace from disease and contamination. Nellie Bowles, sacbee, "Why there’s a rush to buy untreated water | The Sacramento Bee," 6 Jan. 2018 Rising costs of living and a growing rift among the country's multiracial, multi-religious populace have also dented Najib's popularity. Bard Wilkinson And Marc Lourdes, CNN, "Malaysia sets election date for May 9," 10 Apr. 2018 Birmingham and Atlanta, where the populace panics at the mere mention of a flurry, have higher amounts. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "The number of Southern cities that have more snow than D.C. is embarrassing," 17 Jan. 2018 Your worst case scenario is here, and guns and a heavily armed populace did not stop it. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "How We Can Stop Mass Shootings in America," 20 Nov. 2018 To the wider populace, the notion sounds lax; prison isn’t a vacation. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "Inside a Radical Experiment to Transform the Lives of Incarcerated Women," 22 Aug. 2018 Honduras was then the most violent country in the world, a situation its government blamed on the heavily tattooed gang members terrifying the populace. Rachel Kleinfeld, WSJ, "The Violence Driving Migration Isn’t Just Gangs," 9 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of populace

1572, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for populace

Middle French, from Italian popolaccio rabble, augmentative of popolo the people, from Latin populus

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populace

noun

English Language Learners Definition of populace

formal : the people who live in a country or area

populace

noun
pop·​u·​lace | \ ˈpä-pyə-ləs How to pronounce populace (audio) \

Kids Definition of populace

1 : the common people
2 : the people who live in a country or area : population

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