Plebiscite

(3 syl.). A decree of the people. In Roman history, a law enacted by the “comitia” or assembly of tribes. In France, the resolutions adopted in the Revolution by the voice of the people, and the general votes given during the Second Empire- such as the general vote to elect Napoleon III. emperor of the French.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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