This page is about the dysphemism populist
Meaning: designed to appeal to many people (of policies, politicians, governments, etc.)
- Free national health care is just another populist policy that never works.
- It isn't "populist", and it works really well in lots of countries where health care isn't just about making money.
For advanced learners: Often used by conservative right-wing people to describe progressive policies that are popular because they support ordinary people rather than powerful corporations and interest groups. Also used by progressive left-wing people to describe nationalistic far-right policies that appeal to common prejudices and fears about immigration, refugees, foreigners, racial and gender equality, etc.
If someone calls a government or a policy "populist", they
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Contributor: Matt Errey