- a member of the People's party.
- (lowercase) a supporter or adherent of populism.
- Also Pop·u·lis·tic. of or relating to the People's party.
- Also pop·u·lis·tic. (lowercase) of, relating to, or characteristic of populism or its adherents.
Origin of Populist
Examples from the Web for populistic
This latter is probably an after effect of the old "Populistic" craze of the early 'nineties.Socialism and American ideals
William Starr Myers
Did "Populistic" tendencies appear in this frontier, and were there grievances which explained these tendencies?
The Populistic movement of the western half of the Middle West is a complex of many forces.
The dramatic outcome of the Chicago Convention of 1896 marked the rise into power of the representatives of Populistic change.
The series of conventions opened in Mississippi in 1890, where the Populistic whites were perhaps numerically fewest.Contemporary American History, 1877-1913
Charles A. Beard
- appealing to the interests or prejudices of ordinary people
- a person, esp a politician, who appeals to the interests or prejudices of ordinary people
- US history a member of the People's Party, formed largely by agrarian interests to contest the 1892 presidential election. The movement gradually dissolved after the 1904 election
- of, characteristic of, or relating to the People's Party, the Populists, or any individual or movement with similar aims
Word Origin and History for populistic
1892 (n.) "adherent of populism;" 1893 (adj.), American English, from Latin populus "people" (see people (n.)) + -ist. Originally in reference to the U.S. Populist Party organized February 1892 to promote certain issues important to farmers and workers. The term outlasted the party, and by 1920s came to mean "representing the views of the masses" in a general way.