from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the lowest class of people, without reference to an assembly; the dregs of the people.


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  • Johannes Maartens and his three cunies, after being exhibited to be spat upon by the rabble of half the villages and walled cities of Cho-Sen, were buried to their necks in the ground of the open space before the palace gate.

    Chapter 15

  • Under their eyes those among the rabble who were Roman citizens — almost all, for this was not a slave uprising — were tried in a specially convened treason court, and sentenced to die from the Tarpeian Rock.

    The First Man in Rome

  • 2842: Ore-beares your Officers, the rabble call him Lord,

    Hamlet (1623 First Folio Edition)

  • The flinging of money and trinkets to the rabble is usually the most exciting of the pranks which diversify the funeral ceremonies of Siamese royalty; in this mal à propos pastime his Majesty took a lively part.

    The English Governess at the Siamese Court

  • Narrow canyons were walled with jagged rocky faces, some dead-ending where the walls conjoined and some strewn with the rabble of sharp-edged fallen boulders cleaved from the surrounding bulwarks.

    The Clan of the Cave Bear

  • In the persecution thus aroused Father John Ury, a Catholic priest (see Flynn, op.cit. in bibliography, pp. 21-2), who had exercised unostentatiously his sacred ministry in New Jersey, and had been engaged for about twelve months in teaching at Burlington, was put to death in New York City, the real cause being the violent hostility of the rabble towards the

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 10: Mass Music-Newman

  • Wishing he had heralds to trumpet his arrival, Saturninus walked down the Gemonian Steps and strode to the rostra, his little band of followers shouting to the rabble to gather round and hear Lucius Appuleius.

    The First Man in Rome

  • The Pearl Warrior was riding through the ranks of the rabble cutting this way and that, jabbing with his makeshift spear, slicing with his sword, cackling and crowing at every fresh life he took.

    The Fortress of the Pearl

  • That would be her next stop, she informed the matron, who in turn told the guards, who in turn asked for directions and cleared a path through the rabble for her royal highness's visit.

    The Brothers' War

  • Should the rabble ever rise up, should the denizens of Southstairs break free — hell, should a mighty comet thud into the Palace and burn it to blazes — the Home Guard would be right there, ready to restore order.

    Son of a Witch


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