Definition of popular in English:


Line breaks: popu|lar
Pronunciation: /ˈpɒpjʊlə


  • 3 [attributive] (Of political activity) carried on by the people as a whole rather than restricted to politicians or political parties: a popular revolt against colonial rule
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    • The salient reality was the depth of popular antipathy to the political establishment as a whole.
    • I fear that you are the victim of a political party struggling to find popular appeal.
    • The election was held without any great popular enthusiasm for any politician.
    mass, general, communal, collective, social, societal, collaborative, group, civil, public, civic; democratic, representative



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  • His manner is honest and straightforward and he is not given to political spin or the flood of trivial popularism which seems to guide much of our media and ‘public opinion’.
  • To pander to popularism would be the death of the Booker.
  • It became a battle between Yeltsin's popularism and Gorbachev's stifling authority.


late Middle English (in the sense 'prevalent among the general public'): from Latin popularis, from populus 'people'. Sense 1 dates from the early 17th century.

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