silent-majority

silent majority

noun
1.
the U.S. citizens who supported President Nixon's policies but who were not politically vocal, outspoken, or active: considered by him to constitute a majority.
2.
any group of people who are not outspoken and who are considered to constitute a majority.

Origin:
1870–75

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silent majority
 
n
a presumed moderate majority of the citizens who are too passive to make their views known

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silent majority definition


A term used by President Richard Nixon to indicate his belief that the great body of Americans supported his policies and that those who demonstrated against the involvement of the United States in the Vietnam War amounted to only a noisy minority.

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