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      n  
1    a disorderly crowd; mob  
2    the  
Contemptuous   the common people  
     (C14 (in the sense: a pack of animals): of uncertain origin; perhaps related to Middle Dutch rabbelen to chatter, rattle)  
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rabble          [2]  
      n  
1      (Also called)    rabbler   an iron tool or mechanical device for stirring, mixing, or skimming a molten charge in a roasting furnace  
      vb  
2    tr   to stir, mix, or skim (the molten charge) in a roasting furnace  
     (C17: from French râble, from Latin rutabulum rake for a furnace, from ruere to rake, dig up)  

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rabble

  
1    canaille, crowd, herd, horde, mob, swarm, throng  
2      (derogatory)   canaille, commonalty, commoners, common people, crowd, dregs, hoi polloi, lower classes, lumpenproletariat, masses, peasantry, populace, proletariat, riffraff, scum, the great unwashed     (informal & derogatory)   trash     (chiefly U.S. & Canad.)  
  
Antonyms     
  
2    aristocracy, bourgeoisie, elite, gentry, high society, nobility, upper classes  


rabble-rouser     
agitator, demagogue, firebrand, incendiary, stirrer     (informal)   troublemaker  

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rabbler, rabbet, rale, ramble

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