- a political strategy based on a calculated appeal to the interests or prejudices of ordinary people
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- Governmenta political movement that promotes the interests of the common people and calls for equality among them.
- the use of what are claimed to be the views, etc., of the common people to gain political power or popularity:His candidacy was founded on racism, yet he claimed it was one of populism.
adj.: a populist reform movement. See -pop-.
- Governmentthe political philosophy of the People's party.
- Government(l.c.) any of various, often antiestablishment or anti-intellectual political movements or philosophies that offer unorthodox solutions or policies and appeal to the common person rather than according with traditional party or partisan ideologies.
- Government(l.c.) grass-roots democracy;
- Government(l.c.) representation or extolling of the common person, the working class, the underdog, etc.:populism in the arts.
- Latin popul(us) people + -ism
- 1890–95, American.