any of various, often antiestablishment or anti-intellectual political movements or philosophies that offer unorthodox solutions or policies and appeal to the common person rather than according with traditional party or partisan ideologies.
grass-roots democracy; working-class activism; egalitarianism.
representation or extolling of the common person, the working class, the underdog, etc.: populism in the arts.
(initial capital letter) the political philosophy of the People's party.
- an·ti-pop·u·lism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for populism
a political strategy based on a calculated appeal to the interests or prejudices of ordinary people
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Cultural definitions for populism
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