the state or quality of being popular
Origin of popularityFrench popularité from Classical Latin popularitas
The quality or state of being popular, especially the state of being widely admired, accepted, or sought after.
(usually uncountable, plural popularities)
- The quality or state of being popular; especially, the state of being esteemed by, or of being in favor with, the people at large; good will or favor proceeding from the people; as, the popularity of a law, statesman, or a book.
- (archaic) The quality or state of being adapted or pleasing to common, poor, or vulgar people; hence, cheapness; inferiority; vulgarity.
- This gallant laboring to avoid popularity falls into a habit of affectation. "” Ben Jonson.
- (archaic) Something which obtains, or is intended to obtain, the favor of the vulgar; claptrap.
- Popularities, and circumstances which [...] sway the ordinary judgment. "” Bacon.
- (archaic) Public sentiment; general passion.
- A little time be allowed for the madness of popularity to cease. "” Bancroft.
Latin popularitas an effort to please the people