popular opinion

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Noun1.popular opinion - a belief or sentiment shared by most people; the voice of the people; "he asked for a poll of public opinion"
belief - any cognitive content held as true
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He recognizes the lower form of right opinion, as well as the higher one of science, in the spirit of one who desires to include in his philosophy every aspect of human life; just as he recognizes the existence of popular opinion as a fact, and the Sophists as the expression of it.
Will any private training enable him to stand firm against the overwhelming flood of popular opinion? or will he be carried away by the stream?
A most distinguished person, and quite an acquisition to the neighborhood." Such was the popular opinion of me among the young ladies and the liberal inhabitants.
Popular opinion in England seems to me to be, not only getting to consider the cultivation of the muscles as of equal importance with the cultivation of the mind, but to be actually extending--in practice, if not in theory--to the absurd and dangerous length of putting bodily training in the first place of importance, and mental training in the second.
When this news began to circulate through the village, blended with the fate of Jotham, and the exaggerated and tortured reports of the events on the hill, the popular opinion was freely expressed, as to the propriety of seizing such of the fugitives as remained within reach.
The shops, few in number, made no show; for popular opinion was as nothing to them.
A majority held in restraint by constitutional checks and limitations, and always changing easily with deliberate changes of popular opinions and sentiments, is the only true sovereign of a free people.
But, too often he is to the right of black popular opinion.
Informal Justice in England and Wales 1760-1914: The Courts of Popular Opinion
"We have seen in the past in Pakistan that when the Taliban commit truly heinous and outrageous acts like this, it galvanises popular opinion against them," The Dawn quoted State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland, as saying.
Holzer (emeritus, Brooklyn Law School) presents this rebuttal to the popular opinion of Supreme Court Justice Clarance Thomas.
Hurts HMV INSTITUTE IT'S a while since a group has divided popular opinion so evenly.