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populace

[ pop-yuh-luhs ]
/ ˈpɒp yə ləs /
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noun
the common people of a community, nation, etc., as distinguished from the higher classes.
all the inhabitants of a place; population.
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Origin of populace

1565–75; <French <Italian popolaccio, equivalent to popol(o) people + -accio pejorative suffix

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH populace

populace , population, populous
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British Dictionary definitions for populace

populace
/ (ˈpɒpjʊləs) /

noun (sometimes functioning as plural)
the inhabitants of an area
the common people; masses

Word Origin for populace

C16: via French from Italian popolaccio the common herd, from popolo people, from Latin populus
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