Definition of Public opinion

1. Noun. A belief or sentiment shared by most people; the voice of the people. "He asked for a poll of public opinion"

Exact synonyms: Opinion, Popular Opinion, Vox Populi
Generic synonyms: Belief

Definition of Public opinion

1. Noun. The opinion of the public, the popular view. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Public Opinion

public knowledge
public lavatory
public law
public lecture
public library
public life
public limited companies
public limited company
public mover
public nudity
public nuisance
public office
public officer
public officers
public offices
public opinion (current term)
public opinion poll
public opinions
public ownership
public policies
public policy
public presentation
public press
public property
public prosecutor
public record
public relations
public relations man
public relations person
public school

Literary usage of Public opinion

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Nation: The Foundations of Civil Order and Political Life in the United by Elisha Mulford (1870)
"It is true that public opinion appears only in the organization of society, ... But government is not constituted in the representation of public opinion, ..."

2. The American Commonwealth by James Bryce Bryce (1914)
"CHAPTER LXXXIII THE ACTION OF public opinion THE last few chapters have attempted to ... By whom is public opinion formed ? ie by the few or by the many? ..."

3. My Bondage and My Freedom by Frederick Douglass (1855)
"public opinion seldom differs ,' widely from public practice. ... a cruelty and vice, public opinion must emanate, ia humane and virtuous community. ..."

4. Modern Democracies by James Bryce Bryce (1921)
"CHAPTER XLIV public opinion • THEBE is no better test of the excellence of a Popular Government than the strength of public opinion as a ruling power. ..."

5. Modern Democracies by James Bryce Bryce (1921)
"In the United States, though votings are more frequent than in any other country, yet public opinion is, more fully than elsewhere, the ruling power. ..."

6. Education by Project Innovation (Organization) (1897)
"The greatest foe to human progress is now, and ever has been, a public opinion founded upon ignorance and prejudice. It is very unfortunate that so much ..."

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