Definition of vox populi in English:

vox populi


  • The opinions or beliefs of the majority.

    ‘her poems weren't exactly the vox populi’
    • ‘In the case of alternative country music the vox populi is more subtle, but no less potent.’
    • ‘Indeed, New York seems to be listening to the vox populi more than professional critics.’
    • ‘Newspapers seek to serve the people who read them: the opinion columns are not the vox populi.’
    • ‘Suddenly the voices of Sir Bob Geldof and his fellow protesters seem rather out of tune with the vox populi.’
    • ‘This both pre-empts the accusation of racism, and dismisses it by claiming to be merely vox populi.’
    • ‘Societies are organized, like the Roman Empire, on a system which has many of the elements of vox populi.’
    • ‘Untener believed that vox populi, vox Dei: the people's voice is the voice of God.’
    • ‘Our Richard Quest has journeyed to just that place to gauge the vox populi in the hotly contested state of Florida.’
    • ‘Yeomans plans to wait and hear the vox populi only after the report is written, an approach Rotrand views as ironic.’
    • ‘The quality of a leader is a person who is not awed by vox populi.’
    • ‘In the lands of booming economies, low inflation and unemployment, the vox populi was screaming in anger.’
    • ‘It controlled its people through vox populi, popular opinion.’
    • ‘These latest victories of vox populi remind us that, by standing up and voicing our dissent, we can still make a difference - at least for a week.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the BBC offers this vox populi from Iraqi women.’
    • ‘Last week the Herald quoted an American voter in a vox populi.’
    • ‘Weissberg argues that most polls are systematically biased toward manufacturing a vox populi that clamors for an ever-growing welfare state.’
    • ‘Thus, this book clearly shows that in countries where the vox populi is strong, governments take this into account in critical decisions, despotic or democratic.’
    • ‘For Marx: ‘High society had avoided the field of battle and by its absence it had acknowledged the sovereignty of the vox populi.’’
    • ‘I've said it before, and I'll keep saying it until… until I stop saying it: Blogs have done more to amplify vox populi than can ever be accounted for.’
    • ‘However, it will be a patronage not conferred by canonisation and not conferred by vox populi.’


vox populi

/ˌväks ˈpäp(y)əˌlē/ /ˌvɑks ˈpɑp(j)əˌli/ /ˌväks ˈpäpyəˌlī/ /ˌvɑks ˈpɑpjəˌlaɪ/


Mid 16th century from Latin, literally ‘the people's voice’.