AskDefine | Define populace

Dictionary Definition

populace n : people in general considered as a whole; "he is a hero in the eyes of the public" [syn: public, world]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • (UK): /ˈpɒpjʊləs/, /"pQpjUl@s/
  • (US): , /ˈpɑpjələs/, /"pApj@l@s/



  1. The common people of a nation.
    The populace despised their ignorant leader.
  2. The inhabitants of a nation.

Usage notes

  • Do not confuse populace (a noun) with populous (an adjective).



common people
inhabitants of a nation


Derived terms

Extensive Definition

A populace is a group of people forming the total population of a certain place. It is taken from the Latin word populus, which means "people", but also in the sense of a race, nationality, or locality. This can be compared with the Spanish word pueblo, which derives from the same Latin root.

See Also

populace in Czech: Populace

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Everyman, John Doe, Public, body politic, bourgeoisie, canaille, citizenry, common man, commonage, commonalty, commoners, commonwealth, community, community at large, constituency, crowd, cultural community, dwellers, estate, everybody, everyman, everyone, everywoman, folk, folks, general public, gentry, habitancy, hoi polloi, inhabitants, linguistic community, masses, men, mob, multitude, nation, nationality, peasantry, people, people at large, people in general, persons, plebeians, plebes, polity, population, proletariat, public, rabble, ragtag and bobtail, rank and file, society, speech community, state, third estate, throng, whole people, working class, world, you and me
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