vulgus

[vuhl-guh s]

noun, plural vul·gus·es for 2.

the common people; masses.
an exercise in Latin formerly required of English public-school pupils.

Nearby words

  1. vulgarity,
  2. vulgarize,
  3. vulgarly,
  4. vulgate,
  5. vulgate bible,
  6. vulned,
  7. vulnerable,
  8. vulnerable phase,
  9. vulnerary,
  10. vulpecula

Origin of vulgus

Borrowed into English from Latin around 1680–90

ad captandum vulgus

[ahd kahp-tahn-doo m woo l-goo s; English ad kap-tan-duh m vuhl-guh s]

Latin.

in order to please the mob.

Origin of ad captandum vulgus

literally, for courting the crowd

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