E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Plebiscite (3 syl.).
A decree of the people. In Roman history, a law enacted by the comitia or assembly of tribes. In France, the resolutions adopted in the Revolution by the voice of the people, and the general votes given during the Second Empiresuch as the general vote to elect Napoleon III. emperor of the French.