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People (noun)

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Pe'ople. n.s. [peuple, Fr. populus, Lat.]

  1. A nation; these who compose a community.

    Prophesy again before many peoples and nations and tongues. Revelations x. 11.

    Ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in summer. Proverbs xxx. 25.

    What is the city but the people?
    True the people are the city.
    Shakesp. Coriolanus.

  2. The vulgar.

                        The knowing artist may
    Judge better than the people, but a play
    Made for delight,
    If you approve it not, has no excuse.
    Waller.

  3. The commonalty; not the princes or nobles.

  4. Persons of a particular class.

    If a man temper his actions to content every combination of people, the musick will be the fuller. Bacon.

    A small red flower in the stubble fields country people call the wincopipe. Bacon.

  5. Men, or persons in general. In this sense, the word people is used indefinitely, like ou in French.

    The frogs petitioning for a king, bids people have a care of struggling with heaven. L'Estrange.

    People were tempted to lend by great premiums and large interest. Swift's Miscellanies.

    Watery liquor will keep an animal from starving by diluting the fluids; for people have lived twenty-four days upon nothing but water. Arbuthnot on Aliments.

    People in adversity should preserve laudable customs. Clarissa.

Sources: Arbuthnot, John (227) · Bacon, Francis (396) · Shakespeare's Coriolanus (80) · L'Estrange, Roger (131) · The Bible - Proverbs (19) · The Bible - Revelation (4) · Richardson, Samuel (11) · Swift, Jonathan (306) · Waller, Edmund (63)

Attributes: French (385) · Latin (690) · Noun Substantive (1269)

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