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Populist

[pop-yuh-list] /ˈpɒp yə lɪst/
noun
1.
a member of the People's party.
2.
(lowercase) a supporter or adherent of populism.
adjective
3.
Also, Populistic. of or pertaining to the People's party.
4.
Also, populistic. (lowercase) of, pertaining to, or characteristic of populism or its adherents.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95, Americanism; < Latin popul(us) people + -ist
Related forms
anti-Populist, noun, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for Populist

populist

/ˈpɒpjʊlɪst/
adjective
1.
appealing to the interests or prejudices of ordinary people
noun
2.
a person, esp a politician, who appeals to the interests or prejudices of ordinary people

Populist

/ˈpɒpjʊlɪst/
noun
1.
(US, history) a member of the People's Party, formed largely by agrarian interests to contest the 1892 presidential election. The movement gradually dissolved after the 1904 election
adjective
2.
of, characteristic of, or relating to the People's Party, the Populists, or any individual or movement with similar aims
Derived Forms
Populism, noun
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Word Origin and History for Populist

populist

1892 (n.) "adherent of populism;" 1893 (adj.), American English, from Latin populus "people" (see people (n.)) + -ist. Originally in reference to the U.S. Populist Party organized February 1892 to promote certain issues important to farmers and workers. The term outlasted the party, and by 1920s came to mean "representing the views of the masses" in a general way.

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