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Meaning of popularity by Wiktionary Dictionary

popularity


    Etymology

    Latin popularitas an effort to please the people

    Pronunciation

    • ( US ) IPA: /ˌpɒp.jəˈlæɹ.ɪ.ti/

    Noun

    popularity ( usually uncountable; plural: popularities )

    1. The quality or state of being popular; especially, the state of being esteemed by, or of being in favor with, the people at large; good will or favor proceeding from the people; as, the popularity of a law, statesman, or a book .
    2. ( archaic ) The quality or state of being adapted or pleasing to common, poor, or vulgar people; hence, cheapness; inferiority; vulgarity .
      This gallant laboring to avoid popularity falls into a habit of affectation. — Ben Jonson .
    3. ( archaic ) Something which obtains, or is intended to obtain, the favor of the vulgar; claptrap .
      Popularities, and circumstances which […] sway the ordinary judgment. — Bacon .
    4. ( obsolete ) The act of courting the favour of the people .
      Indicted […] for popularity and ambition. — Holland .
    5. ( archaic ) Public sentiment; general passion .
      A little time be allowed for the madness of popularity to cease. — Bancroft .

    Derived terms

    External links

    • popularity in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • popularity in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911


Explanation of popularity by Wordnet Dictionary

popularity


    Noun
    1. the quality of being widely admired or accepted or sought after

    2. his charm soon won him affection and popularity
      the universal popularity of American movies


    Definition of popularity by GCIDE Dictionary

    popularity


    1. Popularity n.; pl. Popularities [L. popularitas an effort to please the people: cf. F. popularité.]
      1. The quality or state of being popular; especially, the state of being esteemed by, or of being in favor with, the people at large; good will or favor proceeding from the people; as, “the popularity of a law, statesman, or a book”.

      A popularity which has lasted down to our time. Macaulay.

      2. The quality or state of being adapted or pleasing to common, poor, or vulgar people; hence, cheapness; inferiority; vulgarity.

      This gallant laboring to avoid popularity falls into a habit of affectation. B. Jonson.

      3. Something which obtains, or is intended to obtain, the favor of the vulgar; claptrap.

      Popularities, and circumstances which . . . sway the ordinary judgment. Bacon.

      4. The act of courting the favor of the people. [Obs.] “Indicted . . . for popularity and ambition.” Holland.

      5. Public sentiment; general passion. [R.]

      A little time be allowed for the madness of popularity to cease. Bancroft.