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Populist

[pop-yuh-list]
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noun
  1. a member of the People's party.
  2. (lowercase) a supporter or adherent of populism.
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adjective
  1. Also Pop·u·lis·tic. of or relating to the People's party.
  2. Also pop·u·lis·tic. (lowercase) of, relating to, or characteristic of populism or its adherents.
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Origin of Populist

1890–95, Americanism; < Latin popul(us) people + -ist
Related formsan·ti-Pop·u·list, noun, adjective
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Examples from the Web for populistic

Historical Examples

  • 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 Frontier in American History

    Frederick Jackson Turner

  • The Populistic movement of the western half of the Middle West is a complex of many forces.

    The Frontier in American History

    Frederick Jackson Turner

  • The dramatic outcome of the Chicago Convention of 1896 marked the rise into power of the representatives of Populistic change.

    The Frontier in American History

    Frederick Jackson Turner

  • The series of conventions opened in Mississippi in 1890, where the Populistic whites were perhaps numerically fewest.


British Dictionary definitions for populistic

populist

adjective
  1. appealing to the interests or prejudices of ordinary people
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noun
  1. a person, esp a politician, who appeals to the interests or prejudices of ordinary people
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Populist

noun
  1. 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
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adjective Also: Populistic
  1. of, characteristic of, or relating to the People's Party, the Populists, or any individual or movement with similar aims
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Derived FormsPopulism, noun
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Word Origin and History for populistic

populist

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.

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