Definition of populist in English:
1A member or adherent of a political party seeking to represent the interests of ordinary people.
- Moreover, he was something new in this state with an historic taste for populism - a centrist populist.
- The party defined the new Turkey as nationalist, republican, populist, secular, statist, and revolutionary.
- The conversion of Bustamante from a conservative Democrat to a populist has been rather sudden.
1.1A person who supports or seeks to appeal to the concerns of ordinary people: she is something of a populist—her views on immigration resemble those of the right-wing tabloid press
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- Instead he is becoming a Shi'ite populist whose appeal will be enhanced by American accusations of treachery.
- Yet these same white populists supported legislation that denied a minimum wage or labor protection to agricultural and domestic workers (mainly people of color) as part of the New Deal.
- His supporters say the left-leaning populist is a visionary, but his detractors call him a dangerous lunatic.
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Relating to or characteristic of a populist or populists: populist tabloid newspapers
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- It seemed to many that the revered Constitution was really the bulwark of powerful economic interests and, therefore, the enemy of more egalitarian and populist policies.
- How is the defeat of neo-liberal policies by populist leaders adopting leftist slogans to be explained?
- European social democracy cannot allow populist discontent to become a monopoly of the right.
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- To most people it's clear that the Freedom Party and Haider is a very populistic and opportunistic conservative party.
- Together with Marxism, this was to be something populistic - this is different from the American term populism.
- The discourse of democracy has been embedded in the nationalist struggle for liberation and self-determination and has therefore implied a populistic kind of pluralism.
Words that rhyme with populistoculist
Definition of populist in:
- US English dictionary
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