Definition of rabble-rouser in US English:



  • A person who speaks with the intention of inflaming the emotions of a crowd of people, typically for political reasons.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You have seen the fate of rabble-rousers and rebels.’
    • ‘Alternatively, reporters writing on concerns surrounding the issue were dismissed as rabble-rousers.’
    • ‘Instead the worst nationalist rabble-rousers can be found among those who first endorsed the call for the demonstration.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And most importantly, both share utter contempt for the politicians who, according to them, are rabble-rousers, inept and corrupt.’
    • ‘There were no ranters or rabble-rousers, just an invited audience of academics, writers, politicians and sombre party members.’
    • ‘It resulted in the death, by firing squad, of hundreds of striking farmhands inspired, in part, by anarchist immigrant rabble-rousers.’
    • ‘He's simply a professional rabble-rouser who has nothing better to do with his time.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    political agitator, agitator, soapbox orator, firebrand
    agitator, troublemaker, instigator, agent provocateur, mischief-maker, incendiary, firebrand, revolutionary, demagogue
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/ˈrabəl ˌrouzər//ˈræbəl ˌraʊzər/