Hoi polloi  

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Illustration:Liberty Leading the People (1831, detail) by Eugène Delacroix.

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Hoi polloi, an expression meaning "the many", or in the strictest sense, "the majority" in Greek, is used in English to denote "the masses" or "the people", usually in a derogatory sense. Synonyms for "hoi polloi" include "... commoners, great unwashed, minions, multitude, plebeians, proletariat, rank and file, riffraff, the common people, the herd, the many, the plebs, the proles, the peons, the working class".




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