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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The city’s manufacturing and industrial base also began to shrink, while its impoverished populace grew, leading to higher city-government costs. Greg Bordonaro, courant.com, "Hartford’s stifling property taxes make it difficult for businesses to prosper — and remain in the city," 7 July 2019 India, with its multicultural populace, is home to a wide range of rich folk art traditions. Bitasta Das, Quartz India, "How I engage students of India’s premier science school in folk arts," 27 June 2019 But, by all accounts, China has so far failed at winning over the hearts and minds of the local populace. Mary Hui, Quartz, "Here’s the surest sign yet that China will never win loyalty from Hong Kong," 27 June 2019 Established on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, Tsawwassen, and Katzie First Nations, Vancouver is home to a diverse and energetic populace. Lauren Eckert, National Geographic, "See Vancouver like a Nat Geo Explorer," 27 June 2019 By any measure, that’s a tremendous accomplishment for a populace that doesn’t have the right to participate in electing its leader. Tripti Lahiri, Quartz, "Photos: What Hong Kong’s hundreds of thousands of protesters want now," 16 June 2019 Johnson lives in the unincorporated part that’s a mix of country and 1950s suburbia housing a diverse populace. Michael Cabanatuan, SFChronicle.com, "Petition calls for removal of giant swastika from El Sobrante home," 12 June 2019 With that, given the population of states such as California and New York, those few high-populace states would then determine the outcome of all presidential elections. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, "Letter: ‘One person, one vote’ would create voting bias," 10 June 2019 The populace is always disillusioned with politicians. Lionel Shriver, Harper's magazine, "No Exit," 10 Apr. 2019

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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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