Synonyms of 'hoi polloi'
the common people, the masses, the (common) herdInflated costs are designed to keep the hoi polloi at bay.
the common people
His music is commercial. It is aimed at the masses.
the (common) herd
the lower orders
the great unwashed (informal, derogatory)
the third estate
the proles (derogatory, slang, mainly British)
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Thesaurus for hoi polloi from the Collins English Thesaurus
If someone refers to the hoi polloi , they are referring in a humorous or rather rude way to ordinary people, in contrast to rich , well-educated , or upper-class people.