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1. A supporter of the rights and power of the people.
2. Populist A supporter of the Populist Party.
1. Of or relating to populism or its advocates: a populist aversion to business monopolies.
2. Populist Of or relating to the Populist Party.
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appealing to the interests or prejudices of ordinary people
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a person, esp a politician, who appeals to the interests or prejudices of ordinary people


(Historical Terms) history US 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
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) of, characteristic of, or relating to the People's Party, the Populists, or any individual or movement with similar aims
2. (Historical Terms) of, characteristic of, or relating to the People's Party, the Populists, or any individual or movement with similar aims
ˈPopulism n
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(ˈpɒp yə lɪst)

1. a member of the Populist or People's Party.
2. (l.c.) a supporter of populism.
3. of or pertaining to the Populist Party.
4. (l.c.) of, pertaining to, or characteristic of populism or its supporters.
[1890–95, Amer.; < Latin popul(us) people + -ist]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.populist - an advocate of democratic principles
advocate, advocator, exponent, proponent - a person who pleads for a cause or propounds an idea
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A. ADJpopulista
B. Npopulista mf
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[ˈpɒpʊlɪst] adj [politician, artist] → populiste
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nPopulist(in) m(f)
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[ˈpɒpjʊlɪst] adj (frm) → populistico/a
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References in periodicals archive ?
The successors of the Russian Narodnya Volnya ("Narodnik") Populists collaborated with Lenin and the Bolsheviks in the Russian Revolution of 1917.
There were almost always a number of "Muller's," some with umlauts, some without (this didn't seem to count alphabetically); or, if he turned too far ahead in the cards, a number of "Na's"-"Nabokov," "Nachamkin," "Narodnik": his Russian Connection, he mused.
Historically speaking, the first documented forms of populism, the Russian Narodnik movement and the American Farmers, are characterized by the absence of a strong leadership.
In contrast to the Narodnik economists who considered the size of the proletariat exclusively as current factory employment, Lenin was forced to remind militants that the working class must be considered only in its relation to capital and in its ability to struggle against capital, regardless of the forms in which capital organizes it within particular productive settings.
In her contribution to a debate prompted by Wincenty Lutoslawski's article 'Emigration of the Talent,' published in March, Orzeszkowa argued the supremacy of one's patriotic duty: 'The doctrine absolving the individual of ability from participating in works and sufferings common to the whole society is obviously unjust.' As Najder notes, this argument was in line with Orzeszkowa's sacrifice of her own interests to what she saw as her patriotic duties: in her case, she subordinated the needs of her own exceptional intelligence to the narodnik agenda of going to the people and spent her life in the small provincial town of Grodno.
Plekhanov, in a move not unlike that of Connolly in Ireland, projects an initial naive "Narodnik" utopianism, suggesting the historical revolutionary potential of the Russian peasantry.
Born in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1887, De Bogory was the only daughter of Vladimir Karpovich DebogoriiMokrievich, a Russian officer and nobleman who joined the revolutionary Narodnik movement in the 1870s and fled abroad after escaping Siberian exile; De Bogory thus grew up in a milieu of anti-tsarist radicalism.
Shchipin, "Narodnik Ivan Romanov," available at http://www.rummuseum.ru/portal/node/ 896, accessed 26 September 2011.
While on the topic, it bears noting that Tolstoy also had an impact on Narodnik thought (Nikolai Mikhailovsky, Piotr Lavrov), especially his agnostic anti-Hegel and anti-Marx interpretation of history, his call for a return to the village, and the heightening sense of guilt that he sought to instill in the nobility.
(29) In Bagchi's Calcutta, the heart of the problem remained with the definition of the "people." The Narodnik movement in Tsarist Russia in the 1860s and 1870s adhered to this populist stance.
Basing his case mainly on the research of the Japanese historian Wada Haruki, Shanin has argued that in his last years Marx was persuaded by the Narodnik position that it could be possible for Russian revolutionaries to build their new society on the basis of the "primitive communism" that existed in the village communities, and thus avoid going through the horrors of industrialization under the violent state.

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