antipopular


adjective

  1. regarded with favor, approval, or affection by people in general: a popular preacher.
  2. regarded with favor, approval, or affection by an acquaintance or acquaintances: He’s not very popular with me just now.
  3. of, relating to, or representing the people, especially the common people: popular discontent.
  4. of the people as a whole, especially of all citizens of a nation or state qualified to participate in an election: popular suffrage; the popular vote; popular representation.
  5. prevailing among the people generally: a popular superstition.
  6. suited to or intended for the general masses of people: popular music.
  7. adapted to the ordinary intelligence or taste: popular lectures on science.
  8. suited to the means of ordinary people; not expensive: popular prices on all tickets.

adjective

  1. appealing to the general public; widely favoured or admired
  2. favoured by an individual or limited groupI’m not very popular with her
  3. connected with, representing, or prevailing among the general public; commonpopular discontent
  4. appealing to or comprehensible to the laymana popular lecture on physics

noun

  1. (usually plural) cheap newspapers with mass circulation; the popular pressAlso shortened to: pops
adj.

early 15c., “public,” from Middle French populier (Modern French populaire) and directly from Latin popularis “belonging to the people, general, common; devoted to or accepted by the people; democratic,” from populus “people” (see people (n.)).

Meaning “suited to ordinary people” is from 1570s in English; hence, of prices, “low, affordable to average persons” (1859). Meaning “well-liked, admired by the people” is attested from c.1600. Of art, entertainment, etc., “favored by people generally” from 1819 (popular song). Related: Popularly. Popular Front “coalition of Communists, Socialists, and radicals” is from 1936, first in a French context.

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