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Popularity


POPULAR'ITY, noun [Latin popularitas.] Favor of the people; the state of possessing the affections and confidence of the people in general; as the popularity of the ministry; the popularity of a public officer or of a preacher. It is applied also to things; as the popularity of a law or public measure; the popularity of a book or poem. The most valuable trait in a patriot's character is to forbear all improper compliances for gaining popularity

I have long since learned the little value which is to be placed in popularity acquired by any other way than virtue; I have also learned that it is often obtained by other means.

The man whose ruling principle is duty--is never perplexed with anxious corroding calculations of interest and popularity

1. Representation suited to vulgar or common conception; that which is intended or adapted to procure the favor of the people. [Little Used.]