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Pronunciation:  `pâpyu'laritee

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  the quality of being widely admired or accepted or sought after; "his charm soon won him affection and popularity"; "the universal popularity of American movies"

POPULARITY is a 10 letter word that starts with P.


 Antonyms: unpopularity
 See Also: hot stuff, quality



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Pop`u*lar"i*ty\, n.; pl. {Popularities}. [L.
popularitas an effort to please the people: cf. F.
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.

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.

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