V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. a mob of people; 2. lowest class of people

Synonyms: mob, crowd, cluster, masses, riffraff, clan

Antonyms: royalty, high-society

Tips: Although its origin is uncertain, rabble is believed to be from Middle English rabeln, which means "speak in a confused, rapid way." Its meaning of a mob or crowd was probably derived from the sounds of a disorderly crowd. A common phrase in Modern English is "rabble-rouser," referring to someone who stirs up a mob or tries to cause trouble.

Usage Examples:

He thought of himself as a peacemaker, but the police labeled him a rabble-rouser. (crowd-provoker, troublemaker)

After the President signed the bill, an angry, disorderly rabble formed outside the Whitehouse. (crowd, mob)

The young prince was told he could not wear sneakers because they were strictly for the rabble. (masses, riffraff)

The young princess longed to explore the world and venture out among the rabble. (masses, riffraff)

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