Populism

[ pop-yuh-liz-uh m ]
/ ˈpɒp yəˌlɪz əm /

noun

the political philosophy of the People's party.
(lowercase) 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.
(lowercase) grass-roots democracy; working-class activism; egalitarianism.
(lowercase) representation or extolling of the common person, the working class, the underdog, etc.: populism in the arts.

Origin of Populism

1890–95, Americanism; < Latin popul(us) people + -ism

Related forms

an·ti-Pop·u·lism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for anti-populism

populism

/ (ˈpɒpjʊˌlɪzəm) /

noun

a political strategy based on a calculated appeal to the interests or prejudices of ordinary people

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Culture definitions for anti-populism

populism

The belief that greater popular participation in government and business is necessary to protect individuals from exploitation by inflexible bureaucracy and financial conglomerates. “Power to the people” is a famous populist slogan.


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