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From Borrowing from Polish pospolite ruszenie (a general summons to arms, an arriere-ban), from pospolity (general) + ruszenie (a stirring).


pospolite (uncountable)

  1. A kind of militia in Poland, consisting of the gentry, which, in case of invasion, was summoned to the defense of the country.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for pospolite in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)