WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
pop•u•lism /ˈpɑpyəˌlɪzəm/USA pronunciation   n. [uncountable]
  1. Governmenta political movement that promotes the interests of the common people and calls for equality among them.
  2. 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.
pop•u•list, n. [countable]claiming to be a populist but dividing voters one from the other.
adj.: a populist reform movement. See -pop-.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
Pop•u•lism  (popyə liz′əm),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Governmentthe political philosophy of the People's party.
  2. 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.
  3. Government(l.c.) grass-roots democracy;
    working-class activism;
  4. 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.

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populism /ˈpɒpjʊˌlɪzəm/ n
  1. a political strategy based on a calculated appeal to the interests or prejudices of ordinary people

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