rabble-rouser

[rab-uh l-rou-zer]

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. rabbiting,
  2. rabbitoh,
  3. rabbitry,
  4. rabble,
  5. rabble-rouse,
  6. rabble-rousing,
  7. rabblement,
  8. rabe,
  9. rabe, david,
  10. rabelais

Origin of rabble-rouser

First recorded in 1835–45

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British Dictionary definitions for rabble-rouser

rabble-rouser

noun

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

rabble-rouser

n.

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

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