populism

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populism (countable and uncountable, plural populisms)

  1. (philosophy) A political doctrine or philosophy that proposes that the rights and powers of ordinary people are exploited by a privileged elite, and supports their struggle to overcome this.
  2. (derogatory) The practice of appealing to the interests of the common people.
    • 2006, Prasanta Chakravarty, Like Parchment in the Fire (page 104)
      It is not crass populism or majoritanianism that ratifies the legitimacy of the polity or the administration.

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