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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
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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Word Origin and History for semipopularity

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.

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