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 for commonalty
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  commonalty \com"mon*al*ty\, commonality \com`mon*al"i*ty\, n.;
     pl. Commonalties. [OF. communalt['e]; F. communaut['e], fr.
     communal. See Communal.]
     1. The common people; those classes and conditions of people
        who are below the rank of nobility; the commons.
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              The commonalty, like the nobility, are divided into
              several degrees.                      --Blackstone.
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              The ancient fare of our kings differed from that of
              the commonalty in plenteousness only. --Landon.
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     2. The majority or bulk of mankind. [Obs.] --Hooker.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a class composed of persons lacking clerical or noble rank
           [syn: commonalty, commonality, commons]

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  COMMONALTY, Eng. law. This word signifies, 1st. the common people of 
  England, as contradistinguished from the king and the nobles; 2d. the body 
  of a society as the masters, wardens, and commonalty of such a society. 

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