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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
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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  • The entire populace had poured out into the streets to gaze up in wonder at what was happening above them.
  • Our national populace is more diverse across the board than any nation in the world.
  • Repressive governments try to keep the populace happy with bread and circuses.
  • They are used to control the populace by instilling terror.
  • The populace lines up on the main thoroughfare to watch hours of marching bands, homemade floats and home-crowned royalty.
  • It's not the will of someone inserting their will on the populace.
  • Not only were the battalions welcomed tumultuously by the populace with music and flags, but they were entertained.
  • But among the populace at large the exhilaration of freedom may be fading.
  • Their illicit affair coincides with a raging cholera epidemic that has wiped out half the populace.
  • It's whether the current welfare and future of its populace is being look after and whether they are satisfied.
British Dictionary definitions for populace

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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