One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person who speaks with the intention of inflaming the emotions of a crowd of people, typically for political reasons.
political agitator, agitator, soapbox orator, firebrandagitator, troublemaker, instigator, agent provocateur, mischief-maker, incendiary, firebrand, revolutionary, demagogueView synonyms
- ‘He wasn't a rabble-rouser, he wasn't a fiery speaker, he wasn't a mobiliser of large crowds, and he certainly wasn't a guerrilla.’
- ‘Workers can side with neither the European governments celebrating expansion with popping champagne corks in Dublin, nor the right-wing rabble-rousers who campaign against the EU from an egoistic and backward orientation.’
- ‘It resulted in the death, by firing squad, of hundreds of striking farmhands inspired, in part, by anarchist immigrant rabble-rousers.’
- ‘Doubtless, the Christian rabble-rousers of the Middle Ages who led the persecution of ‘witches’ and ‘Jewish devils’ were fully aware of the viciousness of their acts, despite the blessings of Mother Church.’
- ‘Trinidad went through one of the most volatile periods in its history during the 30s as they marched to independence - you had labor struggles, government crackdowns on rabble-rousers and full-on riots in the streets.’
- ‘The country's transition to democracy has deprived them of their moral high ground; now they are more likely to be viewed as leftist rabble-rousers than torchbearers in an anti-authoritarian struggle.’
- ‘You have seen the fate of rabble-rousers and rebels.’
- ‘Poetry has always been used by rabble-rousers, way back to Shakespeare and Byron… Poems reflect the world around us and can force us to challenge what we see.’
- ‘The group is part of a growing trend of rabble-rousers who believe there's more to changing business practices than waving a sign around.’
- ‘The seats immediately surrounding them remained unfilled; though it was a standing-room only crowd, none of the fashionable attendees would dream of sitting in proximity to such notorious rabble-rousers.’
- ‘Alternatively, reporters writing on concerns surrounding the issue were dismissed as rabble-rousers.’
- ‘He's simply a professional rabble-rouser who has nothing better to do with his time.’
- ‘Instead the worst nationalist rabble-rousers can be found among those who first endorsed the call for the demonstration.’
- ‘There were no ranters or rabble-rousers, just an invited audience of academics, writers, politicians and sombre party members.’
- ‘It was a time of guerrilla war, when the local conflicts over land and water resources that emerge in any rural setting threatened to brand villagers as rabble-rousers.’
- ‘And most importantly, both share utter contempt for the politicians who, according to them, are rabble-rousers, inept and corrupt.’
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