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English Dictionary: Popularities by the DICT Development Group
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From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Popularity \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.]
            [bd]Indicted . . . for popularity and ambition.[b8]
      5. Public sentiment; general passion. [R.]
                     A little time be allowed for the madness of
                     popularity to cease.                           --Bancroft.
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