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It derives from a Latin word that means "people" and denotes someone who "represents the people"; what word is it?

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Answer: populist

According to the Online Etymological Dictionary: "the word entered American English at the end of the 19th century and it derives from the Latin populus "people." ... Originally in reference to the Populist Party, organized Feb. 1892 to promote certain issues important to farmers and workers. The term outlasted the party, and by 1920s came to mean 'representing the views of the masses' in a general way."

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