the masses

plural noun

: the ordinary or common people
His films are not intended to appeal to the masses.
the needs of the masses

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web But the proof lay in the marauding flow of the masses. The Arizona Republic, 9 Feb. 2023 These days, the No. 1 designation is as close as recorded music gets to being embraced by the masses. Danyel Smith, New York Times, 8 Feb. 2023 After years of influencers pushing cosmetics, clothes, personal tech and supplements to the masses, a rising cohort is taking a different tack: telling people what not to buy. Sara Ashley O'brien And Lane Florsheim, WSJ, 2 Feb. 2023 Still, LeCun’s comments put an even bigger spotlight on the importance of packaging tech products and bringing them to the masses—practices that will define success and failure of generative A.I. in the short term. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 24 Jan. 2023 In addition, the AL Foundation, a South African Christian charity founded in 2011 by Lukau, was essential to finding a balance between the masses and giving back to those underserved. Rod Berger, Forbes, 23 Jan. 2023 In this expression, m1 and M2 are the masses of the two objects (like the pencil and the Earth), r is the distance between their centers, and G is the gravitational constant, which has a value of 6.67 x 10-11 N*m2/kg2. WIRED, 20 Jan. 2023 Cylindrical perspectives allow for nuance and promote a synthesis of ideas—not merely consensus or tyranny of the masses, but a merging of ideas into a Venn diagram of agreement. Time, 12 Jan. 2023 There is a term for this approach to the past: the Great Man school of history, wherein the drivers of progress are not the masses but rather the generals, the titans of industry, the U.S. presidents. Scott W. Stern, The New Republic, 10 Jan. 2023 See More

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“The masses.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 2023.

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