Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913 + 1828)
result(s) from the 1913
Pop`u*lar"i*ty (?), n.; pl. Popularities (#). [L. popularitas an effort to please the people: cf. F. popularité.]
1. The quality or state of being popular; especially, the state of being esteemed by, or of being in favor with, the people at large; good will or favor proceeding from the people; as, the popularity of a law, statesman, or a book.
A popularity which has lasted down to our time.
2. The quality or state of being adapted or pleasing to common, poor, or vulgar people; hence, cheapness; inferiority; vulgarity.
This gallant laboring to avoid popularity falls into a habit of affectation.
3. Something which obtains, or is intended to obtain, the favor of the vulgar; claptrap.
Popularities, and circumstances which . . . sway the ordinary judgment.
4. The act of courting the favor of the people. [Obs.] Indicted . . . for popularity and ambition."
5. Public sentiment; general passion. [R.]
A little time be allowed for the madness of popularity to cease.