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populist

noun pop·u·list \ ˈpä-pyə-list \
Updated on: 13 Dec 2017

Definition of populist

1 : a member of a political party claiming to represent the common people; especiallyoften capitalized : a member of a U.S. political party formed in 1891 primarily to represent agrarian interests and to advocate the free coinage of silver and government control of monopolies
2 : a believer in the rights, wisdom, or virtues of the common people

populism

play \ˈpä-pyə-ˌli-zəm\ noun

populistic

play \ˌpä-pyə-ˈli-stik\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of populist

Latin populus the people


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populist

adjective

Definition of populist

1 often capitalized : of, relating to, or characterized by populism
2 a : popular 1
b : popular 2

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First Known Use of populist

1892


POPULIST Defined for English Language Learners

populist

adjective

Definition of populist for English Language Learners

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


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