American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A supporter of the rights and power of the people.
- n. A supporter of the Populist Party.
- adj. Of or relating to populism or its advocates: a populist aversion to business monopolies.
- adj. Of or relating to the Populist Party.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to the People's party, a political organization established in the United States in 1892, having for its chief objects expansion of the currency, state control of railways, and the placing of restrictions upon the ownership of land.
- n. A member of the People's party.
- Of or pertaining to the People's Party, a political organization established in the United States in 1891, having for its chief objects expansion of the currency, State control of railways, and the placing of restrictions upon the ownership of land.
- n. A member of the People's Party.
- n. A person who advocates democratic principles
- n. A politician who advocates specific policies just because they are popular
- n. A person who advocates populism
- adj. Democratic.
- adj. of a political policy Put forward just because it would be popular
- adj. Of or pertaining to populism
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (U. S. Politics) A member of the People's party.
- n. an advocate of democratic principles
“Why the hell do the press and Republicans cringe when they utter the term populist like they have just eaten a rat turd?”
“He rejects the term "populist" and says Democrats must be careful not to vilify the rich.”
“Freshman Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., disclosed yesterday that he's writing what he called a populist's view of the political situation in the United States today.”
“And I've always wondered why "populist" is used in a rather negative way when it suggests someone is following the path that most people want them to.”
“Obama realizes this, and is trying to gain populist sentiment.”
“So the White House has tried to walk the line between saying the bare minimum in populist applause lines and simultaneously pursuing an extremely pro-business policy agenda.”
“We have to figure out how to package free labor policy in populist terms that sell to people like Lou Dobbs and his ilk.”
“In the end, a "movement" which appears angry and populist is in reality a front group for the worst, most regressive oligarchic policies.”
“As always in populist screeds such as this, the primary target of ire is the "canon-maker-wannabes" in universities.”
“You keep saying that, unless I think the BSO is overpaid, I'm some kind of snob, but you yourself are a snob from the other end, and I don't put any more moral stock in populist snobbery than elitist snobbery.”
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