Definition of populace in English:

populace

Syllabification: pop·u·lace
Pronunciation: /ˈpäpyələs
 
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noun

[treated as singular or plural]
  • The people living in a particular country or area: the party misjudged the mood of the populace
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    • The commander's emergency response program is a program set up by the military to take care of humanitarian needs for the local populaces - needs that will make a quick and lasting impact on the community.
    • The paternalistic style of rule is unequal to the demands of transparency and accountability that local populaces - and overseas investors - want.
    • Finally, anthropologists since Eric Wolf's seminal work on brokers have observed bureaucracies encouraging patron-client relationships, both between bureaucrats and clients and within local populaces.
    Synonyms
    population, inhabitants, residents, natives; community, country, (general) public, people, nation; common people, man/woman in the street, masses, multitude, rank and file, commonalty, commonality, plebeians, proletariat
    derogatory hoi polloi, rabble, riffraff, (great) unwashed, (common) herd, proles, plebs
    humorous sheeple
    formal denizens
    historical third estate
    informal Joe Public, John Q. Public

Origin

late 16th century: from French, from Italian popolaccio 'common people', from popolo 'people' + the pejorative suffix -accio.

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