Popularity

Pop`u*lar"i*ty

(?), n.;
pl. Popularities (#).
[L. popularitas an effort to please the people: cf. F. popularit.] 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.
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A popularity which has lasted down to our time.
Macaulay.
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2. The quality or state of being adapted or pleasing to common, poor, or vulgar people; hence, cheapness; inferiority; vulgarity.
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This gallant laboring to avoid popularity falls into a habit of affectation.
B. Jonson.
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3. Something which obtains, or is intended to obtain, the favor of the vulgar; claptrap.
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Popularities, and circumstances which . . . sway the ordinary judgment.
Bacon.
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4. The act of courting the favor of the people. [Obs.] "Indicted . . . for popularity and ambition." Holland.
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5. Public sentiment; general passion. [R.]
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A little time be allowed for the madness of popularity to cease.
Bancroft.
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