the U.S. citizens who supported President Nixon's policies but who were not politically vocal, outspoken, or active: considered by him to constitute a majority.
any group of people who are not outspoken and who are considered to constitute a majority.
Origin of silent majority
First recorded in 1870–75
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Related Words for silent majoritysuburbia
British Dictionary definitions for silent majority
a presumed moderate majority of the citizens who are too passive to make their views known
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silent majority in Culture
A term used by President Richard Nixon to indicate his belief that the great body of Americans supported his policies and that those who demonstrated against the involvement of the United States in the Vietnam War amounted to only a noisy minority.
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Idioms and Phrases with silent majority
A group that makes up a majority of voters but does not widely express its views through marches or demonstrations. For example, They thought they had a convincing case, but they hadn't counted on the silent majority. This idiom was first recorded in 1874 but gained currency in the 1960s, when President Richard Nixon claimed that his policies were supported by a majority of citizens who did not bother to make their views known.
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