Populist



a member of the People’s party.
(lowercase) a supporter or adherent of populism.
Also, Populistic. of or relating to the People’s party.
Also, populistic. (lowercase) of, relating to, or characteristic of populism or its adherents.
Contemporary Examples

This politics of schadenfreude focuses the Populist ire of rank-and-file conservatives at the wrong targets.
Sarah Palin’s Media Mafia Conor Friedersdorf July 7, 2009

Mataconis is correct to note Santorum was merely repeating a tired trope from Populist, reactionary conservatism.
The GOP’s Tense Relationship with “Smart People” Justin Green September 16, 2012

What will he do if the Populist rage he refused to quell or failed to tamp town turns more sinister?
Obama Has His “Brownie Moment” Nicolle Wallace March 21, 2009

The ban was imposed by prime minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto in a Populist effort to cultivate the religious right.
Ale Under the Veil David Frum March 25, 2012

Gore Vidal liked to style himself a Populist but despite his political leanings this hardly fit the man at all.
Becoming Gore Vidal: The Henry Adams of Our Age Morris Dickstein August 3, 2012

Historical Examples

This year the Populist party declared for woman suffrage in its State convention.
The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV Various

Women go as delegates to the Prohibition and Populist conventions.
The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV Various

The Populist national platform adopted at Sioux City did not contain even a reference to women or their rights and privileges.
The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV Various

As I write, a convention of the Populist Party has just taken place.
A Preface to Politics Walter Lippmann

Then as Sylla yielded to the insistence of the young ‘Populist’ nobleman’s many friends, the quick reverse is turned to us.
Ave Roma Immortalis, Vol. 1 Francis Marion Crawford

adjective
appealing to the interests or prejudices of ordinary people
noun
a person, esp a politician, who appeals to the interests or prejudices of ordinary people
noun
(US, history) a member of the People’s Party, formed largely by agrarian interests to contest the 1892 presidential election. The movement gradually dissolved after the 1904 election
adjective
of, characteristic of, or relating to the People’s Party, the Populists, or any individual or movement with similar aims

1892 (n.) “adherent of populism;” 1893 (adj.), American English, from Latin populus “people” (see people (n.)) + -ist. Originally in reference to the U.S. Populist Party organized February 1892 to promote certain issues important to farmers and workers. The term outlasted the party, and by 1920s came to mean “representing the views of the masses” in a general way.

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