Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


They rile me—that talk about 'people in the humbler walks of life.'

I found the people corrupted; and I must humour their disease.

The people demanded of Antiphon the meaning of these visions.

I can show you people all right that won't ask to see your union card.

Some of the people demanded what he had to say of the gods, since he had spoken so ably of men.

Some one said the other day, "Ennui is a disease that comes from living on other people's money."

Has this fearful pestilence no power to restrain the appetites and passions of the people?

The public road was thronged with people on their way to Olympia.

People can talk all they want to about your bein' just a dub—I won't believe 'em.

So people say; but he doesn't show it in his dress or way of living.


late 13c., "humans, persons in general," from Anglo-French people, Old French peupel "people, population, crowd; mankind, humanity," from Latin populus "a people, nation; body of citizens; a multitude, crowd, throng," of unknown origin, possibly from Etruscan. The Latin word also is the source of Spanish pueblo, Italian popolo. In English, it displaced native folk.

Meaning "body of persons comprising a community" first recorded late 13c. in Anglo-French; meaning "common people, masses" (as distinguished from the nobility) first recorded c.1300 in Anglo-French. Meaning "one's own tribe, group, etc." is from late 14c. The word was adopted after c.1920 by Communist totalitarian states to give a spurious sense of populism to their governments. Legal phrase The People vs., in U.S. cases of prosecution under certain laws, dates from 1801. People of the Book "those whose religion entails adherence to a book of divine revelation (1834) translates Arabic Ahl al-Kitab.


Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.