Populist

[ pop-yuh-list ]
/ ˈpɒp yə lɪst /

noun

a member of the People's party.
(lowercase) a supporter or adherent of populism.

adjective

Also Pop·u·lis·tic. of or relating to the People's party.
Also pop·u·lis·tic. (lowercase) of, relating to, or characteristic of populism or its adherents.

Origin of Populist

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

Related forms

an·ti-Pop·u·list, noun, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for populist (1 of 2)

populist

/ (ˈpɒpjʊlɪst) /

adjective

appealing to the interests or prejudices of ordinary people

noun

a person, esp a politician, who appeals to the interests or prejudices of ordinary people

British Dictionary definitions for populist (2 of 2)

Populist

/ (ˈpɒpjʊlɪst) /

noun

US history a member of the People's Party, formed largely by agrarian interests to contest the 1892 presidential election. The movement gradually dissolved after the 1904 election

adjective Also: Populistic

of, characteristic of, or relating to the People's Party, the Populists, or any individual or movement with similar aims

Derived Forms

Populism, noun
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