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Definition of Rabble

  RABBLE   noun
In a republic, those who exercise a supreme authority tempered by fraudulent elections.  The rabble is like the sacred Simurgh, of Arabian fable -- omnipotent on condition that it do nothing.  (The word is Aristocratese, and has no exact equivalent in our tongue, but means, as nearly as may be, 'soaring swine.')

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The Devil's Dictionary
by Ambrose Bierce, 1911


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