Definition of populism in English:

populism

noun

mass noun
  • 1A political approach that strives to appeal to ordinary people who feel that their concerns are disregarded by established elite groups.

    ‘the question is whether he will tone down his fiery populism now that he has joined the political establishment’
    ‘the Finance Minister performed a commendable balancing act, combining populism with prudence’
    • ‘His rapprochement with his former ideological enemies was made possible by a shift in the radical politics of the seventies from nihilism to populism.’
    • ‘Heavily influenced by revolutionary populism, these leaders struggled to subordinate the immediate means of political action to its universalist ends.’
    • ‘He garnered almost 5 per cent of the vote in 2000, a sign that prairie populism still flourishes here.’
    • ‘In the context of electoral politics as practiced there, populism is attractive to politicians of all shades.’
    • ‘He breaks new ground, capturing the delicate amalgam of reason and reaction, elitism and populism, that was the counter-revolution.’
    • ‘It is written in the fulminating language of angry populism.’
    • ‘Ironically, in view of the grass-roots democratic populism of its rhetoric, the party itself was highly autocratic and centralized.’
    • ‘With populism, the working class pays its supposed rise to power with silence.’
    • ‘There should be a special award these days for not writing at an elementary school reading level under the guise of populism.’
    • ‘Theirs is unquestionably the most genuinely political version of populism found on television.’
    1. 1.1 Support for populist politicians or policies.
      ‘the government came to power on a wave of populism’
    2. 1.2 The quality of appealing to or being aimed at ordinary people.
      ‘art museums did not gain bigger audiences through a new populism’
      • ‘What she liked was the band's implicit populism, the fact that you didn't need years of musical education to appreciate their songs.’
      • ‘He subsequently dropped much of the textural subtlety in favour of breathless Cuban and funk populism.’
      • ‘The newspapers love abuse stories, and they love the mixture of celebrity and populism that marries so easily in the culture now.’
      • ‘Football populism has become a substitute for working class solidarity.’
      • ‘Its populism, not its profitability, was the network's primary purpose.’
      • ‘Copland's populism represented a voluntary retreat from hard-edged modernism in an attempt to reach a wider public at a time of economic hardship.’
      • ‘It is too late to split art and culture, just as it is too late to split populism and decadence.’
      • ‘A fine moment of television populism was his 1969–71 TV show, where he hosted younger musicians.’
      • ‘Its multinational remit is to formulate concrete spaces for experience, reflection, and discussion linked to a contemporary populism.’
      • ‘He embodied a unique combination of populism, talent, success, and family values.’

Pronunciation

populism

/ˈpɒpjʊlɪz(ə)m/