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vox populi

[voks pop-yuh-lahy] /ˈvɒks ˈpɒp yəˌlaɪ/
the voice of the people; popular opinion. Abbreviation. vox 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] /woʊks ˈpoʊ pʊˌli woʊks ˈdɛ i; English vɒks ˈpɒp yəˌlaɪ vɒks ˈdi aɪ, ˈdeɪ i/
the voice of the people (is) the voice of God. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It was about this time that he talked about the "nux vomica," instead of the "vox populi."

  • vox populi, vox Dei: the voice of the people is the voice of God.

    The Verbalist Thomas Embly Osmun, (AKA Alfred Ayres)
  • The vox populi is often little more than the vox diaboli; but the voice of ages is the voice of God.

  • In this case at least it may be assumed that for once vox populi is vox dei.

  • France has spoken, say they: vox populi, vox Dei, universal suffrage has voted; everything is covered by a ballot.

    Napoleon the Little Victor Hugo
  • Even then the vox populi was filling the political heavens with a clamor not to be denied by the ambitious.

  • The wind of destiny for him was the convictions arising out of his own soul; for them it was vox populi.

    Lincoln Nathaniel Wright Stephenson
  • I believe the vox populi, vox Dei, still comprises the only wholesome decision which has yet been made on the subject.

    Charlemont W. Gilmore Simms
  • vox populi est vox Dei is obviously the apotheosis of ones own voice while speaking as crowd-man.

    The Behavior of Crowds Everett Dean Martin
British Dictionary definitions for vox populi

vox populi

the voice of the people; popular or public opinion
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Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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