[rab-uh l-rou-zer]


a person who stirs up the passions or prejudices of the public, usually for his or her own interests; demagogue.

Origin of rabble-rouser

First recorded in 1835–45
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Related Words for rabble-rouser

incendiary, agitator, firebrand, demagogue

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British Dictionary definitions for rabble-rouser



a person who manipulates the passions of the mob; demagogue
Derived Formsrabble-rousing, adjective, noun
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Word Origin and History for rabble-rouser

1842, agent noun from Rabble-rousing, which first attested 1802 in Sydney Smith; from rabble (n.1) + rouse.

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