vox populi

noun (1)
vox po·​pu·​li | \ ˈväks-ˈpä-pyü-ˌlī How to pronounce vox populi (audio) , -pyə-(ˌ)lē, -pə-(ˌ)lē How to pronounce vox populi (audio) \

Definition of vox populi

 (Entry 1 of 6)

: popular sentiment

vox clamantis in deserto

Latin quotation from the Vulgate
vox cla·​man·​tis in de·​ser·​to | \ ˈwōks-klä-ˈmän-tis-in-de-ˈser-tō How to pronounce vox clamantis in deserto (audio) \

Definition of vox clamantis in deserto (Entry 2 of 6)

: voice calling in the wilderness : a wise person whose counsel or warnings are ignored

vox et praeterea nihil

Latin phrase
vox et prae·​te·​rea ni·​hil | \ ˈwōks-et-prī-ˈter-e-ä-ˈni-ˌhil How to pronounce vox et praeterea nihil (audio) \

Definition of vox et praeterea nihil (Entry 3 of 6)

: voice and nothing more : sound without substance

vox populi vox Dei

Latin quotation from Alcuin
vox po·​pu·​li vox Dei | \ wōks-ˈpȯ-pu̇-ˌlē-ˌwōks-ˈdā-ē How to pronounce vox populi vox Dei (audio) \

Definition of vox populi vox Dei (Entry 4 of 6)

: the voice of the people (is) the voice of God

Vox Angelica

noun (2)
Vox An·​ge·​li·​ca | \ ˌväkˌsanˈjelə̇kə\
plural Vox Angelicas

Definition of Vox Angelica (Entry 5 of 6)

: a soft organ flue stop at 8′ pitch

Vox Humana

noun (3)
Vox Hu·​ma·​na | \ ˌväksˌhyüˈmänə, -mānə\
plural Vox Humanas

Definition of Vox Humana (Entry 6 of 6)

: an organ reed stop of 8′ pitch often supplied with a tremulant device also : a stop that controls a tremulant without speaking itself

called also Voix Humaine

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Vox populi is a Latin phrase that literally translates as "the voice of the people." It can be found in the longer maxim, "Vox populi, vox Dei," which means "The voice of the people is the voice of God." Many people think that expression means that the people are always right, but it really implies that the will of the masses - right or wrong - is often irresistible. Since the mid-1960s, English speakers, especially British ones, have trimmed "vox populi" down to the abbreviated form "vox pop," an expression used particularly for popular opinion as it is used and expressed by the media.

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In this age of technology, social media has become the vox populi. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "Delete Facebook and save your friends: What Mark Zuckerberg's shocking admissions can teach us about social media," 22 Mar. 2018 All of which is to say…I strive to make this a mix of vox populi and vox me. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "Mailbag: Young-Harrison Controversy, Plus Tanking, Transparency and More," 14 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of vox populi

Noun (1)

circa 1550, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vox populi

Noun (1)

Latin, voice of the people

Noun (2)

New Latin, literally, angelic voice

Noun (3)

New Latin, literally, human voice

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