Definitions

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  • n. A crowd of common people; a rabble

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A tumultuous crowd of low people; a rabble.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Idle, silly talk; babblement.
  • n. A tumultuous crowd or assemblage; a disorderly rout; a rabble.
  • n. Refuse; dregs.

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Examples

  • And then he offered it the third time; he put it the third time by: and still as he refused it, the rabblement hooted and clapped their chapped hands and threw up their sweaty night-caps and uttered such a deal of stinking breath because

    The Life and Death of Julius Caesar

  • Then came together from all places of the den, Beelzebub, Lucifer, Apollyon, with the rest of the rabblement there, to hear what news from Mansoul.

    The Holy War

  • If you come across a reference to "the rabblement of lemmings" (a category that includes Marxists and feminists and anyone else who reads ideologically), get ready to skim over many patches of screechy diatribe.

    Reading Against the Clock: Belated Bloom Suffers Nobly

  • Fotis, to aske counsell of her as of some Divine, who although she was unwilling that I should depart one foot from her company, yet at length shee gave me license to bee absent for a while, saying, Beware that you tarry not long at supper there, for there is a rabblement of common

    The Golden Asse

  • Him and the rabblement with him, most of them unarmed, they suppressed; on proceeding, however, against the Carcini in whose keeping the robbers had deposited their booty, they encountered trouble.

    Dio's Rome, Volume 1 (of 6) An Historical Narrative Originally Composed in Greek during the Reigns of Septimius Severus, Geta and Caracalla, Macrinus, Elagabalus and Alexander Severus: and Now Presented in English Form

  • Having thus completed their scheme, they prudently destroyed the original from which they compiled their scriptures, and sending out missionaries to all parts of the Empire commissioned them to preach salvation only to the Gentile rabblement and to the Jews.

    Astral Worship

  • The great increase of games and festivals and their enormous cost were signs of approaching trouble for the republic, and foretold the terrible days of the empire, when the rabblement of the capital, accustomed to be amused and fed by their despotic and corrupt rulers, should cry in the streets: "Give us bread for nothing and games forever!"

    The Story of Rome from the Earliest Times to the End of the Republic

  • "And yet," said I, interrupting, "you came fleeing hither to save your life from yonder rabblement."

    Martin Conisby's Vengeance

  • I have the Lady Joan and her maid to think on, 'twould be an ill fate theirs in the hands of yon filthy rabblement.

    Black Bartlemy's Treasure

  • I would very fain have presented it unto thee pure and naked, without the ornament of a preface, or the rabblement and catalogue of the wonted sonnets, epigrams, poems, elegies, etc., which are wont to be put at the beginning of books.

    The Author’s Preface to the Reader

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  • To further divagate, "rabblement" appears to stray from grammatical norms by adding the suffix "ment" to a noun, "rabble," producing another noun, "rabblement." But according to Wikipedia, "ment" is used to form nouns from verbs--not from nouns. "Ment" is "used to form nouns from verbs, the nouns having the sense of "the action or result of what is denoted by the verb".

    November 5, 2012

  • Wow! Regarding the stench emanating from the crowd in the quotation from Julius Caesar, industrial strength bad breath, strong enough to make even the mighty Caesar faint like a damsel in a dime store novel, strong enough to rival the halitosis of Jabba the Hut. But I digress...

    November 5, 2012