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populace

[pop-yuh-luh s] /ˈpɒp yə ləs/
noun
1.
the common people of a community, nation, etc., as distinguished from the higher classes.
2.
all the inhabitants of a place; population.
Origin of populace
1565-1575
1565-75; < French < Italian popolaccio, equivalent to popol(o) people + -accio pejorative suffix
Can be confused
populace, population, populous.
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populace

/ˈpɒpjʊləs/
noun (sometimes functioning as pl)
1.
the inhabitants of an area
2.
the common people; masses
Word Origin
C16: via French from Italian popolaccio the common herd, from popolo people, from Latin populus
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Word Origin and History for populace
n.

1570s, from Middle French populace (16c.), from Italian popolaccio "riffraff, rabble," from popolo "people" (from Latin populus "people;" see people (n.)) + pejorative suffix -accio.

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