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Examples of rabble in a Sentence
the crown prince was reminded that even the rabble of the realm deserved his attention and compassion
Recent Examples of rabble from the Web
The Belgian authorities imprisoned Patrice Lumumba as a rabble-rouser.
Since the attacks of September 11, 2001, and my employment by the conservative rabble-rousers of Fox News—and, more recently, with the coming of the Age of Trump—my professional life has been even more difficult to define.
Unrealized promise is just one pitfall of marching on Washington, an American tradition that dates back to the depression year of 1894, when an Ohio rabble-rouser named Jacob Coxey led an army of unemployed men on the capital.
Government officials, almost all Muslim, have struggled to curb religious rabble-rousing without being seen as insufficiently devout.
But Sanders is a proud rabble-rouser, and that could be simpatico with the African-American power broker.
Matteo Salvini: Even worse for Mattarella, the anti-immigration rabble-rouser was the biggest winner.
The mosquito emoji will join the rabble of emoji wildlife including butterflies, bees, whales and rabbits.
Milo Yiannopoulos, the right-wing rabble-rouser whose campus appearances have sparked widespread protests, is no longer headed to UCLA this month.
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Did You Know?
Rabble has been with the English language since its appearance in Middle English (as "rabel") in the late 1300s. It may have come from the Middle English verb "rabel" which meant "to babble." (Despite the similarity in sound and meaning, however, "babble" and "rabble" are unrelated.) The verb "rabel" is related to Middle Dutch "rabbelen" and Low German rabbeln, meaning "to chatter." So how do we get from babbling to crowds of people? The connection may be the idea of confusion. "Rabble," in its earliest uses could not only indicate a pack of animals, swarm of insects, or a confused collection of things, but could also indicate a confused or meaningless string of words.
RABBLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of rabble for English Language Learners
: a large group of loud people who could become violent
the rabble : ordinary or common people who do not have a lot of money, power, or social status
RABBLE Defined for Kids
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