Populism: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (pop'yu-liz"um), [key]
— n.
  1. the political philosophy of the People's party.
  2. (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. (l.c.) grass-roots democracy; working-class activism; egalitarianism.
  4. (l.c.) representation or extolling of the common person, the working class, the underdog, etc.: populism in the arts.
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