• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Rabbling (Scot.) the act of assaulting in a disorderly manner, mobbing
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  • Epicurus
    “I never desired to please the rabble. What pleased them, I did not learn; and what I knew was far removed from their understanding.”
  • Westbrook Pegler
    Westbrook Pegler
    “I am a member of the rabble in good standing.”
  • Horace
    “I hate the irreverent rabble and keep them far from me.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Allied to Old Dut. rabbelen, to gabble, Prov. Ger. rabbeln.


In literature:

Notwithstanding its shabby appearance in detail, the general effect of this scholastic rabble was striking and picturesque.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 1"
A king remained surrounded by small cards, like a real monarch overwhelmed by the rabble on May Day.
"The Moon Rock" by Arthur J. Rees
Savonarola was seized and bound by a brutal rabble, and he and two of his monks were lodged in prison.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol X" by Various
Nothing but a rabble.
"The Pretty Lady" by Arnold E. Bennett
And what a rabble I've come amongst!
"Library Of The World's Best Literature, Ancient And Modern, Vol. 2" by Charles Dudley Warner
Once more Jesus is led through these narrow streets, with the jeering rabble ever increasing in size and the national heads in the lead.
"Quiet Talks about Jesus" by S. D. Gordon
He is in the hands of the rabble, and only she can save him.
"The Light That Lures" by Percy Brebner
Usually wagon-trains were spied out long before they reached the city, and a rabble attended their entry.
"Vanguards of the Plains" by Margaret McCarter
A gentleman also of late hath taken great pains to search out the secret practices of this ungracious rabble.
"Chronicle and Romance (The Harvard Classics Series)" by Jean Froissart, Thomas Malory, Raphael Holinshed
Those Bitley people are like a rabble of wild eagles.
"Romance Island" by Zona Gale

In poetry:

"Away with him," the rabble cry,
With swelling rage and hate,
But Stephen still gazed on the sky,
His heart was with his Lord on high,
He heeded not his fate.
"St. Stephen" by Abram Joseph Ryan
Happy he whose inward ear
Angel comfortings can hear,
O'er the rabble's laughter;
And while Hatred's fagots burn,
Glimpses through the smoke discern
Of the good hereafter.
"Barclay Of Ury" by John Greenleaf Whittier
I’ve not seen some sadder than your rabble,
And such black as all your lakes and streams,
In your skies – old, faded and unstable –
Yellow clouds of my painful dreams.
"You're Again With Me" by Innokentii Fedorovich Annensky
Nature shudder'd, and sigh'd as the wild rabble past,
Each flow'r droop'd its beautiful head;
The groves became dusky, and moan'd in the blast,
And Virtue and Innocence fled.
"The Fury Of Discord" by Sir John Carr
I am sure you do not care
Though the rabble turn thumbs down;
Their neglect you well can bear,
knowing you have won your crown,
proudly given of your best . . .
Masterlinck, leave God the rest.
"Forgotten Master" by Robert W Service
But the rabble cried. Hail, King of the Jews, and crucify Him;
But Pilate saith unto them, I find in Him no sin;
Then Jesus came forth, looking dejected and wan,
And Pilate saith unto them, Behold the Man.
"The Crucifixion of Christ" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Rome trembled at the grave rumors in 73 bc that the city was about to be attacked by a rabble army of gladiators and rebelling slaves.
The rabble and the homeless must be cleared from the gates each morning.
The rabble have invaded Palm Beach.
A changing of the Rabble, news from How to Dress Well, and more.
With the Philadelphia Phillies advancing past the Los Angeles Dodgers and into the World Series last night, NBC political sage Chuck Todd has lost his bet to ABC's troublemaking rabble-rouser Jake Tapper.
A guy from the Washington Examiner, Gene Healy, argues that the right-wing rabble is being played by the Republican establishment.
Conservative rabble-rousers Dan Burdish and Chuck Muth have formed a new political party in the state: the Organized Labor Party of Nevada.
James Edward Muller does not look like a rabble rouser.
But the city's urban cred inches forward this month as local galleries bring the paint-wielding rabble-rousers inside.
Rabble Rouser in Training.
Chicago's psych punks Rabble Rabble release new 7 single.
Chicago's psychedelic punks Rabble Rabble are back but this time with something slightly different - slightly cleaner, slightly more complex - a new single out on Gimme That Sound.
Cricket Lets In the Rabble .
I was disappointed by Dinitia Smith's survey of the American poetry scene ("The Poet Kings and the Versifying Rabble ," Feb 19).
NYPD raiders roust OWS rabble.