Origin of popularityFrench popularité from Classical Latin popularitas
(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