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1‘he gained a massive following among the common folk’
ordinary, normal, typical, average, unexceptional, run-of-the-mill, plain, simple
2‘this booklet answers the most common questions asked’
usual, ordinary, customary, habitual, familiar, regular, frequent, repeated, recurrent, routine, everyday, daily, day-to-day, quotidian, standard, typical
conventional, stock, stereotyped, predictable, commonplace, mundane, run-of-the-mill
3‘it is a common belief that elephants have long memories’
widespread, general, universal, popular, mainstream, prevalent, prevailing, rife, established, well established, conventional, traditional, traditionalist, orthodox, accepted
in circulation, in force, in vogue
4‘they work together for the common good’
collective, communal, community, public, popular, general
shared, joint, combined
5‘the fishermen's wives were far too common for my mother’
uncouth, vulgar, coarse, rough, unsavoury, boorish, rude, impolite, ill-mannered, unladylike, ungentlemanly, ill-bred, uncivilized, unsophisticated, unrefined, philistine, primitive, savage, brutish, oafish, gross
lowly, low, low-born, low-ranking, low-class, inferior, humble, ignoble, proletarian, plebeian
informal plebby, slobbish, cloddish, clodhopping
British informal common as muck
1‘use a bit of common!’
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