the court of public/world opinion

noun phrase
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of the court of public/world opinion

: the beliefs and judgment of most people
  • The statement was quickly condemned in the court of public opinion.

Word by Word Definitions

court play
  1. : the residence or establishment of a sovereign or similar dignitary

  2. : a sovereign's formal assembly of councillors and officers

  3. : the sovereign and officers and advisers who are the governing power

  1. : to seek to gain or achieve

  2. : allure, tempt

  3. : to act so as to invite or provoke

public play
  1. : exposed to general view : open

  2. : well-known, prominent

  3. : perceptible, material

  1. : a place accessible or visible to the public

  2. : the people as a whole : populace

  3. : a group of people having common interests or characteristics

world play
  1. : the earthly state of human existence

  2. : life after death

  3. : the earth with its inhabitants and all things upon it

  1. : of or relating to the world

  2. : extending or found throughout the world : worldwide

  3. : involving or applying to part of or the whole world

opinion play
  1. : a view, judgment, or appraisal formed in the mind about a particular matter

  2. : approval, esteem

  3. : belief stronger than impression and less strong than positive knowledge


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