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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
That’s part of the reason for our decade-old retreat to apps, where McModern design and the illusion of walls seems like a hedge against the malware and rabble of the original web metropolis.
Patterson said that every year there are crashers, who merely slip into a red frock and join the rabble without paying the registration fee.
Some UX proponents have realized this trap and reframed their design practice as a dialectic between the gifted and the rabble.
In Kobach’s world, white, God-fearing Americans are under assault from the brown, unhinged rabble.
Sherven, 49, doesn't come across as a rabble-rouser.
When the rabble show up with pitchforks and torches, the queen comes to the balcony and quiets them.
CMO Today’s Suzanne Vranica reports that J.P. Morgan is suspending advertising on NBC news programming until after the network airs anchor Megyn Kelly’s interview with right-wing rabble-rouser Alex Jones on Sunday.
Ortega, a freshman studying social work, did not expect to become an anti-government rabble-rouser.
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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.
Origin and Etymology of rabble
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonymsproletariat, rabblement, ragtag and bobtail, riffraff, rout, scum, tag, rag, and bobtail (or tagrag and bobtail), trash, unwashed
AntonymsA-list, aristocracy, elite, gentry, quality, society, upper class, upper crust
Related Wordsdregs; commoners, commons, herd, hoi polloi, masses, millions, mob, multitude, people, plebeians, populace, public, rank and file; bourgeoisie, middle class, working class
Near Antonymselect, establishment; gentlefolk (also gentlefolks), nobility, peerage
Definition of rabble
First Known Use of rabble
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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