I'm looking for a word describing those who act like sheep to the shepherd, blindly following the leader figure, without considering their own actions. If I could conceive of such a word, I might make it something like "igorical" (reminiscent of Igor, who blindly follows his mad scientist leader).

Example of use (applying to behavior):

It is in such igorical behavior that such an election can arise.

Example of use (applying to people):

It is in the existence of such igorical people that such an election can arise.

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    Search for similar questions. I believe this is a duplicate of a question asked within the last month or two. – Richard Kayser Nov 10 '16 at 4:30

A relatively recent coinage is sheeple. It means exactly what you want, albeit a noun rather than an adjective.

The word appears to date back to the 1940s, but I've come across it several times in social media lately, usually in the formulation "Wake up, sheeple!"

It hasn't made it to spellcheck yet, though.

  • Haha, I love it – TheEnvironmentalist Jan 10 '17 at 0:28
  • It's a noun, though, not an adjective. – verbose Jan 10 '17 at 0:37
  • That just means it's a bit more limited in how colorfully it can be used – TheEnvironmentalist Jan 10 '17 at 0:54

The obvious, off-the-cuff answer is "lemming" or "lemming mentality," but I suspect that's a little cliché and/or informal for your purpose.


The word "ovine" is defined by oxforddictionaries.com as

Relating to or resembling sheep


There's actually a word sheeplike which has a definition to mean exactly that.

It is in such sheeplike behavior that such an election can arise.

It is in the existence of such sheeplike people that such an election can arise.




behaving like sheep, especially in a way that shows an inability to think for yourself

They demand sheeplike obedience.


sheeple or sheople People who are meekly submissive or easily swayed (Sheep + people)

Sheeple (a portmanteau of "sheep" and "people") is a derogatory term that highlights the passive herd behavior of people easily controlled by a governing power which likens them to sheep, a herd animal that is easily led about. The term is used to describe those who voluntarily acquiesce to a suggestion without critical analysis or research in large part because the majority of others possess a similar mindset.

-- Wikipedia

  • Verbose just beat you to it – TheEnvironmentalist Jan 10 '17 at 1:27
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    Welcome to ELU Stack Exchange. This would be a better answer with some cited definitions from authoritative sources. – Katherine Lockwood Jan 10 '17 at 2:08
  • @KatherineLockwood Fixed. – Rand al'Thor Jan 10 '17 at 13:26

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