the silent majority

the silent majority

A majority of people who hold a certain opinion but do not state it publicly. Although the polls suggested the newcomer would be defeated in the election, the silent majority apparently wanted her in office.
See also: majority, silent

silent majority

A group that makes up a majority of voters but does not widely express its views through marches or demonstrations. For example, They thought they had a convincing case, but they hadn't counted on the silent majority. This idiom was first recorded in 1874 but gained currency in the 1960s, when President Richard Nixon claimed that his policies were supported by a majority of citizens who did not bother to make their views known.
See also: majority, silent

the silent majority

The silent majority in a country or a group are the large group of people who do not express their opinions publicly. If he talks about a silent majority in favour of this, I think he is mistaken. His consistently poor judgment is a source of deep concern to the silent majority of party members.
See also: majority, silent

the silent majority

the majority of people, regarded as holding moderate opinions but rarely expressing them.
This phrase was first particularly associated with the US President Richard Nixon , who claimed in his 1968 presidential election campaign to speak for this segment of society.
1998 Spectator Independent-thinking columnists claimed a silent majority loathed Di mania and maybe they were right.
See also: majority, silent

the ˌsilent maˈjority

the large number of people in a country who think the same as each other, but do not express their views publicly: The government is appealing to the silent majority to support its foreign policy.The US President, Richard Nixon, used this phrase during the Vietnam War.
See also: majority, silent
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I believe that I speak for the silent majority, who are reluctant to speak out for fear of being labelled a racist, which they are not.
The backlash that MPs fear will not materialise because the silent majority who voted to leave are not the sort to take to the streets throwing eggs, but prefer the ballot box to protest.
The online group, The Silent Majority, has called on its members to tie yellow ribbons on Times Street from Friday to Sunday.
10) for celebrating too hard about what he calls the choice of the silent majority.
Ayed Al-Mannaa told KUNA that the silent majority in its political approach does not exist in Kuwait, however, there is a large number of people who have no interest in politics or in elections, but can make a change in the elections.
I represent the silent majority in the country, a majority that refuses escalation and does not endorse the opinions of Minister Gebran Bassil (.
Khamis Gulab in a press statement after the meeting said the silent majority delegation briefed Mbeki on their vision for peace in South Kordofan and the Blue Nile and the need to be involves in negotiation to become part of the solution .
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And what does it say about the silent majority of fellow supporters near them, who did nothing about it.
For most of the silent majority who finally decided to keep the Union, the referendum result was no source of gloating, inspiring instead a sense of relief that the step of separation from our British neighbours was one they would not be forced to take after all.
The PM is expected to say: "We've heard the noise of the Nationalist few, but now it is time for the voices of the silent majority to be heard.
Payday lenders don't speak for the silent majority.
He called Hekmatyar as his leader, "who enjoys support of the silent majority in the party".
The silent majority which we Egyptians call " Kanaba (couch) people," are in reality the large group of citizens buried in their own daily struggle to survive and keep afloat in very dire days.
Because the silent majority are, if anything, surprised this has taken so long.