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popularity

[pop-yuh-lar-i-tee] /ˌpɒp yəˈlær ɪ ti/
noun
1.
the quality or fact of being popular.
2.
the favor of the general public or of a particular group of people:
His popularity with television audiences is unrivaled.
Origin of popularity
1540-1550
1540-50; < Latin populāritās a courting of popular favor. See popular, -ity
Related forms
nonpopularity, noun
overpopularity, noun
semipopularity, noun
Synonyms
1, 2. acclaim, vogue, fashion, fame, repute.
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  • The popularity of a public servant is always in danger of a tragical end if he lives long enough.

    Drake, Nelson and Napoleon Walter Runciman
  • At sight of this picture, my popularity went up with a bound.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • A bid for popularity, for notoriety: with its consequent financial kudos.

    All Roads Lead to Calvary Jerome K. Jerome
  • Cooper's friends wished the play withdrawn, on his account, fearing for his popularity.

    Andr William Dunlap
  • From these facts we may pretty well learn the rise and progress of its popularity.

    British Pomology Robert Hogg
Word Origin and History for popularity
n.

"fact or condition of being beloved by the people," c.1600, from French popularité (15c.), from popular + -ity. Classical Latin popularitas meant "fellow-citizenship." Popularity contest is from 1880.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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