- a member of the People's party.
- (lowercase) a supporter or adherent of populism.
- 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
Examples from the Web for populist
But the results make sense—when you look at how Republican candidates acted like Democrats on popular, populist issues.How’d the GOP Win? By Running Left
November 6, 2014
Tapping into middle-class grievances with populist ideas on the economy is where Warren excels.Square Deal, New Deal, and Now, From Hillary Clinton, a “Fair Shot”
September 19, 2014
Whether or not one likes the music of Garth Brooks, it is arguable that he is the last and only populist in pop culture.I'm Not Country or Pop. I'm Just Pure Garth Brooks.
September 10, 2014
The populist anger at Washington incumbents in this election is directed at the dysfunctional divisions in DC.The Kansas Independent Who Could Control the Senate
September 6, 2014
Instead, they endorsed him back when he was just a charismatic Southern populist with great hair.The Perils Of Backing John Edwards
August 21, 2014
Women go as delegates to the Prohibition and Populist conventions.
The Granger and the Populist were prophets of this reform movement.The Frontier in American History
Frederick Jackson Turner
As I write, a convention of the Populist Party has just taken place.A Preface to Politics
After the election of 1892 free silver captured the Populist organization.
Biographical material on the Populist leaders is also scant.
- appealing to the interests or prejudices of ordinary people
- a person, esp a politician, who appeals to the interests or prejudices of ordinary people
- 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
- of, characteristic of, or relating to the People's Party, the Populists, or any individual or movement with similar aims
Word Origin and History for populist
1892 (n.) "adherent of populism;" 1893 (adj.), American English, from Latin populus "people" (see people (n.)) + -ist. Originally in reference to the U.S. Populist Party organized February 1892 to promote certain issues important to farmers and workers. The term outlasted the party, and by 1920s came to mean "representing the views of the masses" in a general way.