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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 relating to the People's party.
4.
Also, populistic. (lowercase) of, relating to, or characteristic of populism or its adherents.
Origin of Populist
1890-1895
1890-95, Americanism; < Latin popul(us) people + -ist
Related forms
anti-Populist, noun, adjective
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Examples from the Web for populistic
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  • This latter is probably an after effect of the old "populistic" craze of the early 'nineties.

    Socialism and American ideals William Starr Myers
  • Did "populistic" tendencies appear in this frontier, and were there grievances which explained these tendencies?

    The Frontier in American History Frederick Jackson Turner
  • The series of conventions opened in Mississippi in 1890, where the populistic whites were perhaps numerically fewest.

  • The populistic movement of the western half of the Middle West is a complex of many forces.

    The Frontier in American History Frederick Jackson Turner
  • The dramatic outcome of the Chicago Convention of 1896 marked the rise into power of the representatives of populistic change.

    The Frontier in American History Frederick Jackson Turner
British Dictionary definitions for populistic

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 populistic

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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