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Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (1870–1938). Roget’s International Thesaurus. 1922.
 
Class VI. Words Relating to the Sentient and Moral Powers
Section II. Personal Affections
5. Extrinsic Affections
 
876. Commonalty.
 
  
NOUN:COMMONALTY, democracy; obscurity; low -condition, - life, - society, - company; bourgeoisie [F.]; mass of -the people, - society; Brown, Jones, and Robinson; Tom, Dick, and Harry; “the four million” [O. Henry]; the peepul [humorous]; lower -, humbler- -classes, - orders; vulgar -, common- herd; rank and file, hoc genus omne [L.]; the -many, - general, - crowd, - people, - populace, - multitude, - million, - masses, - mobility [humorous], - other half, - peasantry; king Mob; proletariat; fruges consumere nati [L.], demos [Gr. δ&etatilde;μο&sigmavar;], hoi polloi [Gr. ο&iotagr;πολλο&iotatono;], great unwashed; man in the street.
  RABBLE, - rout; chaff, rout, horde, canaille; scum -, residuum -, dregs- of -the people, - society; mob, swinish multitude, fœx populi [L.]; trash; profanum -, ignobile- vulgus [L.]; vermin, raff, riffraff, rag-tag and bobtail; small fry.
  COMMONER, one of the people, democrat, plebeian, republican, proletary, proletarian, proletaire, roturier [F.], John Smith, Mr. Snooks, bourgeois [F.], épicier [F.], Philistine, cockney; grisette, demimonde, demimondaine.
  PEASANT, countryman, boor, carl or carle [Scot. or archaic], churl; villain or villein [obs. or rare], serf; terrœ filius [L.], kern or kerne [Ir.], gossoon [Anglo-Ir.]; tike or tyke [archaic or dial.], ryot [India], fellah [Ar. pl. fellahin or fellaheen]; docker, stevedore, longshoreman; swain, clown, hind [Eng.], clod, clodhopper, hobnail, yokel [Eng.], bogtrotter, bumpkin; plowman or ploughman, plowboy or ploughboy; chuff, hayseed [slang], rustic, lunkhead [colloq., U. S.], loon [archaic], rube [slang, U. S.], chawbacon [slang], tiller of the soil; hewers of wood and drawers of water; sons of Martha; groundling [obs.], gaffer, put, cub, Tony Lumpkin [Goldsmith], looby, lout, underling; gamin, street Arab, mudlark.
  ROUGH, rowdy, roughneck [slang], ruffian, tough [colloq., U. S.], potwallopper [slang], scullion, slubberdegullion [obs.], vulgar -, low- fellow; cad.
  UPSTART, parvenu, skipjack [dial. Eng.]; nobody, - one knows; hesterni quirites [L.], pessoribus orti [L.]; bourgeois gentilhomme [F.]; novus homo [L.], snob, gent [vulgar or humorous], mush- room, no one knows who, adventurer; nouveau riche (pl. nouveaux riches; fem. nouvelles riches) [F.].
  VAGABOND, beggar, gaberlunzie [Scot.], beadsman or bedesman [Scot.], muck- worm, sans-culotte [F.], tatterdemalion, caitiff, ragamuffin, pariah, outcast of society, tramp, bezonian [Shakespeare], panhandler [slang], sundowner [Austral.], bum [slang, U. S.], hobo [U. S.]; chiffonier or chiffonnier [rare], ragman, ragpicker, sweeper, sweep, scrub.
  wench, slut, quean, Cinderella.
  BARBARIAN, Goth, Vandal, Hottentot, Zulu, savage, Yahoo; unlicked cub, rough diamond.
  barbarousness, barbarism, savagery; Bœotia; Philistinism; parvenuism, parvenudom.
  
VERB:BE IGNOBLE &c. adj., be nobody &c. n.; be of (or belong to) the common herd &c. n.
  
ADJECTIVE:IGNOBLE, common, mean, low, base, vile, sorry, scrubby, beggarly; below par; no great shakes (unimportant) [See Unimportance]; homely, homespun, vulgar, low-minded; snobbish, parvenu, low bred; menial, underling, servile.
  PLEBEIAN, proletarian; of -low, - mean- -parentage, - origin, - extraction; lowborn, baseborn, earthborn; mush- room, dunghill, risen from the ranks; unknown to fame, obscure, untitled.
  RUSTIC, country, uncivilized; loutish, boorish, clownish, churlish, brutish, raffish; rude, unpolished, unlicked.
  BARBAROUS, barbarian, barbaric, barbaresque [De Quincey].
  COCKNEY, born within sound of Bow bells.
  
ADVERB:below the salt.
  
QUOTATIONS:
  1. Dummodo sit dives Barbarus ipse placet.—Ovid
  2. The play, I remember, pleased not the million; ’twas caviare to the general.—Hamlet
  3. He who meanly admires mean things is a snob.—Thackeray

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