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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Definitions for hoi polloi

  1. The common people generally; the masses.

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Citations for hoi polloi
Lizzie insisted that her children distinguish themselves from the hoi polloi by scrupulous honesty. Kate Buford, Burt Lancaster: An American Life
The exchange of roles in "The Prince and the Pauper" suggests that a man of the people can be a benevolent ruler because of his humble roots, that a prince can become a better ruler through exposure to hoi polloi. Michiko Kakutani, New York Times
Origin of hoi polloi
1815-1825
Hoi polloi is Greek for "the many."