- a member of a U.S. political party (Populist party or People's party, 1891-1904) advocating free coinage of gold and silver, public ownership of utilities, an income tax, and support of labor and agriculture
- [p-] any person, esp. a politician or political leader, who claims to represent the interests, views, or tastes of the common people, particularly as distinct from those of the rich or powerful: often applied to someone with demagogic tendencies
Origin of Populistfrom Classical Latin populus, people + -ist
- of the Populist party
- of or characteristic of a populist
- of or for the common people
- A supporter of the rights and power of the people.
- Populist A supporter of the Populist Party.
- Of or relating to populism or its advocates: a populist aversion to business monopolies.
- Populist Of or relating to the Populist Party.
(comparative more populist, superlative most populist)
- (of a political policy) Put forward just because it would be popular
- Of or pertaining to populism