populace

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n populace people in general considered as a whole "he is a hero in the eyes of the public"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the Holocaust between 5.1 and 6 million of Europe's 10 million Jews were killed. An additional 6 million 'unwanted' people were also executed, including more than half of Poland's educated populace.
    • n Populace The common people; the vulgar; the multitude, -- comprehending all persons not distinguished by rank, office, education, or profession. "To . . . calm the peers and please the populace .""They . . . call us Britain's barbarous populaces ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n populace The common people; the vulgar; the multitude, comprehending all persons not distinguished by rank, education, office, or profession.
    • n populace Synonyms Populace, Mob, Rabble, crowd, masses. Populace is nsed to represent the lower classes, the body of those without wealth, education, or recognized position; it is, however, much less opprobrious than mob or rabble. Mob is a very strong word for a tumultuous or even riotous assembly, moved to or toward lawlessness by discontent or some similar exciting cause. Rabble is a contemptuous word for the very lowest classes, considered as confused or without sufficient strength or unity of feeling to make them especially dangerous.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Populace pop′ū-lās the common people: those who are not distinguished by rank, education, office, &c.
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Quotations

  • Matthew Arnold
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    “Our society distributes itself into Barbarians, Philistines and Populace; and America is just ourselves with the Barbarians quite left out, and the Populace nearly.”
  • Robert Bianco
    Robert Bianco
    “We once worried that democracy could not survive if an undereducated populace knew too little. Now we worry if it can survive us knowing too much.”
  • Gerald F. Lieberman
    Gerald F. Lieberman
    “Elections are held to delude the populace into believing that they are participating in government.”
  • Captain J. G. Stedman
    Captain J. G. Stedman
    “Old England liberty -- to be robbed by the Ministry, and insulted by the populace without redress.”
  • H. L. Mencken
    H.%20L.%20Mencken
    “The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed [and Hence Clamorous To Be Led To Safety] by an endless series of hobgoblins.”
  • Edmund Burke
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    “A populace never rebels from passion for attack, but from impatience of suffering.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. populace, fr. It. popolaccio, popolazzo, fr. popolo, people, L. populus,. See People
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—It. popolazzo—L. populus, people.

Usage

In literature:

But the populace of Rome were entirely unacquainted with the evils of war and siege.
"Procopius" by Procopius
Quite a treat for the populace.
"Jill the Reckless" by P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
You are right, Fausta, in your unfavorable judgment of the Roman populace.
"Aurelian" by William Ware
The credulous populace made no difficulty in accepting the tale.
"The Rise of the Hugenots, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by Henry Martyn Baird
The populace felt no aversion to a highwayman of spirit.
"The History of Tasmania , Volume II (of 2)" by John West
The populace is at once the object of their scorn and of their fears.
"Diary in America, Series Two" by Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
To control a Parisian populace has hitherto been deemed a chimera.
"Edmond Dantès" by Edmund Flagg
Monte-Cristo arose in his barouche and, removing his hat, stood bareheaded, bowing to the excited populace.
"Monte-Cristo's Daughter" by Edmund Flagg
And as was inevitable the more raptly the populace listened the more marvelous became the stories.
"Carl and the Cotton Gin" by Sara Ware Bassett
My wife asks how the breathing-spaces for the populace are coming on?
"Aladdin & Co." by Herbert Quick
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In poetry:

But outer Space,
At least this far,
For all the fuss
Of the populace
Stays more popular
Than populous
"But Outer Space" by Robert Frost
The Sheriffs, and their corm'rant train,
On the fleec'd populace distrain,
And under veil of justice prey
Upon their wealth, in open day.
"A Warning To The Welsh, To Repent, Wrote At The Time A Great Plague Rag'd In London" by Rees Prichard
Through its squares and streets and alleys
Poured the populace of Ghent;
As a routed army rallies,
Or as rivers run through valleys,
Hurrying to their homes they went
"The Emperor's Glove. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The Fifth)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
These are the moving facts that Yunus tells, Where his blend of butter and honey jells,
Not salt, but jewelry is what he sells
These goods he hands out to the populace.
"Untitled XVIII" by Yunus Emre
"Long was he languishing, sunk in obscurity;
Now his wise counsel the populace seeks.
He is the man for you; he'll plot and plan for you.
Rest on his Liberal bosom." (Wild shrieks.)
"A Dirge of the Morning After" by C J Dennis
A serpent, a spider, its mouth at the top
Where the flies are all buzzing about;
Down into its maw where the populace drop,
Who never know where they are going to stop,
Or whether they'll ever get out.
"The Subway" by Hattie Howard

In news:

This is the new version of the Panem et Circenses of the Roman populace.
The skyways, meant to protect the populace from the very bitter Minnesota winter, are also crowded in summer.
The ankle-dwelling populace pushes back.
Whenever there is a need for a crisis to move the populace in the desired direction, someone finds a straw man .
But don't get too outraged, populace.
"Nones" are the burgeoning US populace who are unaffiliated with institutional religion.
It's not to bring your own culture with you so you can inflict it on the native populace.
Sep 24, 2012 (Morning Edition / KJZZ-FM) — Narcotraffickers battling over turf in northern Mexico's border town of Nuevo Laredo have left a trail of bodies and a populace afraid to speak.
Right up there with the issue of financial support is this hard question: Who's going to do the dirty work for a complacent and spoiled populace.
Hispanic culture, populace explode in Southwest Florida.
Tourism is big business in Turkey, ranking right up there with agriculture, although the latter is declining as the populace continues to move to the cities.
Mitt Romney Insults Whole New International Populace.
In 1975 "Jaws" was unleashed upon the American populace.
They describe how aging will make a nation's populace less innovative and vibrant.
President Michel Martelly's landslide election marked a profound change in Haitian political history: the first alliance of the general populace with the elite.
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