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[pop-yuh-liz-uh m] /ˈpɒp yəˌlɪz əm/
the political philosophy of the People's party.
(lowercase) any of various, often antiestablishment or anti-intellectual political movements or philosophies that offer unorthodox solutions or policies and appeal to the common person rather than according with traditional party or partisan ideologies.
(lowercase) grass-roots democracy; working-class activism; egalitarianism.
(lowercase) representation or extolling of the common person, the working class, the underdog, etc.:
populism in the arts.
Origin of Populism
1890-95, Americanism; < Latin popul(us) people + -ism
Related forms
anti-Populism, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for Populism
  • Populism is a discourse which supports the people versus the elites.
  • National socialist Populism interacted with and facilitated fascism in interwar germany.
  • Populism has been a common political phenomenon throughout history.
British Dictionary definitions for Populism


a political strategy based on a calculated appeal to the interests or prejudices of ordinary people
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Word Origin and History for Populism



1893; see populist + -ism. Originally in reference to the political theories of the U.S. Populist Party (also People's Party).

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Populism in Culture

populism definition

The belief that greater popular participation in government and business is necessary to protect individuals from exploitation by inflexible bureaucracy and financial conglomerates. “Power to the people” is a famous populist slogan.

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