- the voice of the people; popular opinion.Abbreviationvox pop.
Origin of vox populi
From the Latin word vōx populī
vox populi, vox Dei
[wohks poh-poo-lee wohks de-ee; English voks pop-yuh-lahy voks dee-ahy, dey-ee]
- the voice of the people (is) the voice of God.
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- the voice of the people; popular or public opinion
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Word Origin and History for vox populi
1540s, Latin, literally "voice of the people." The full maxim (first attested in Medieval Latin) is vox populi, vox Dei "the voice of the people is the voice of God." Short form vox pop attested by 1964.
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