- the common people of a community, nation, etc., as distinguished from the higher classes.
- all the inhabitants of a place; population.
Origin of populace
Examples from the Web for populace
He proposed among other things that police departments must better reflect the ethnic makeup of the populace.Darren Wilson Wasn’t Indicted—the System Was
November 25, 2014
He studied our use of language and the way that words are manipulated to manipulate the populace.Why George Carlin Deserves His Own Street
October 21, 2014
In order for the populace to lead balanced and productive lives, manipulative forces must provide scripted risk.They Saw Our Sports Problem Coming
September 14, 2014
The Muslim populace who love and support you will never find palatable...the scenes of slaughtering the hostages.From ISIS Videos to JLaw Nudes, When Is Looking Abetting Evil?
September 3, 2014
Nor do members of Congress with close NRA ties who scare the populace and encourage sedition face any consequences.Preparing for War in Indianapolis: Inside the NRA Plot to Terrify America
April 28, 2014
Miss Hilton and Miss Parker and some of our girls composed the populace.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
In this instance, the populace are more puritanic than the magistrate.Old News
Faithful ministers are rarely eulogised by the populace or the court.Calderon The Courtier
The populace were all civility to him so were the ministers.
There the authorities and the populace received us very well.
- the inhabitants of an area
- the common people; masses
Word Origin and History for populace
1570s, from Middle French populace (16c.), from Italian popolaccio "riffraff, rabble," from popolo "people" (from Latin populus "people;" see people (n.)) + pejorative suffix -accio.