populist

noun
pop·​u·​list | \ ˈpä-pyə-list How to pronounce populist (audio) \

Definition of populist

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a member of a political party claiming to represent the common people especially, often 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

populist

adjective

Definition of populist (Entry 2 of 2)

1 often capitalized : of, relating to, or characterized by populism

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Other Words from populist

Noun

populism \ ˈpä-​pyə-​ˌli-​zəm How to pronounce populist (audio) \ noun
populistic \ ˌpä-​pyə-​ˈli-​stik How to pronounce populist (audio) \ adjective

Examples of populist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Similarly xenophobic impulses have a long history in our society, dating back most dramatically to the nativist and populist Know Nothing Party that mainly targeted Irish Catholic immigrants in the 1850s. Clarence Page, chicagotribune.com, 20 Aug. 2021 The misery experienced by many Peruvians probably fueled the rise of left-wing populist Pedro Castillo, who was inaugurated president this week. Washington Post, 30 July 2021 Laschet worries about recent populist and autocratic tendencies in central and eastern Europe, but is very clear about his vision of the European Union. Kirsten Grieshaber, ajc, 2 July 2021 The report comes just days before the second round of the country’s closely contested presidential election between the right-wing populist Keiko Fujimori and socialist candidate Pedro Castillo. Siladitya Ray, Forbes, 1 June 2021 An extensive survey for the populist think tank American Compass found a stark class divide in how couples think about child care. Rich Lowry, National Review, 11 May 2021 Right-wing leaders with a populist following and a stronghold in Italy's more economically productive north have pushed aggressively for a swifter loosening of virus-control measures. Colleen Barry, Star Tribune, 16 Apr. 2021 In the first round on February 7th, Mr Arauz, an economist who served under Rafael Correa, a populist leftist who governed Ecuador for a decade until 2017, won 32.7% of the vote. The Economist, 12 Apr. 2021 Yet despite the AfD’s populist, anti-establishment stance, the party has not been able to capitalize on growing criticism of the government’s inability to secure enough vaccines and its patchwork reliance on lockdowns. Melissa Eddy, New York Times, 14 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Far-right populist movements coursed through Europe. Calvin Woodward, Ellen Knickmeyer And David Rising, Anchorage Daily News, 11 Sep. 2021 Far-right populist movements coursed through Europe. chicagotribune.com, 10 Sep. 2021 Instead, the Chinese film industry is taking a more populist and propagandist direction that is less attractive to overseas festivals. Patrick Frater, Variety, 3 Sep. 2021 Disillusion with the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars has also dampened public support in Britain for interventionism and fueled fierce opposition on both the populist right and the socialist left. David A. Cowan, National Review, 20 Aug. 2021 While Duterte's allies chalk up his night-owl tendencies to his personality, experts say his style also serves to further his interests as a performative, populist leader. Arkansas Online, 27 Aug. 2021 While Duterte's allies chalk up his night-owl tendencies to his personality, experts say his style also serves to further his interests as a performative, populist leader. BostonGlobe.com, 26 Aug. 2021 While Duterte’s allies chalk up his night-owl tendencies to his personality, experts say his style also serves to further his interests as a performative, populist leader. Washington Post, 26 Aug. 2021 Marc Angel, a member of the European Parliament and its LGBTI Intergroup, told NBC News that the E.U. must take tougher action, both in the courts and financially, against Hungary's populist government. NBC News, 16 June 2021

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First Known Use of populist

Noun

1891, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1892, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for populist

Noun

Latin populus the people

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The first known use of populist was in 1891

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“Populist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/populist. Accessed 22 Sep. 2021.

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populist

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of populist

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

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