demagogue

[dem-uh-gog, -gawg]
noun
1.
a person, especially an orator or political leader, who gains power and popularity by arousing the emotions, passions, and prejudices of the people.
2.
(in ancient times) a leader of the people.
verb (used with object), demagogued, demagoguing.
3.
to treat or manipulate (a political issue) in the manner of a demagogue; obscure or distort with emotionalism, prejudice, etc.
verb (used without object), demagogued, demagoguing.
4.
to speak or act like a demagogue.
Also, demagog.


Origin:
1640–50; < Greek dēmagōgós a leader of the people, popular leader, equivalent to dêm(os) people + agōgós leading, guiding; see -agogue

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demagogue or sometimes (US) demagog (ˈdɛməˌɡɒɡ)
 
n
1.  a political agitator who appeals with crude oratory to the prejudice and passions of the mob
2.  (esp in the ancient world) any popular political leader or orator
 
[C17: from Greek dēmagōgos people's leader, from dēmos people + agein to lead]
 
demagog or sometimes (US) demagog
 
n
 
[C17: from Greek dēmagōgos people's leader, from dēmos people + agein to lead]

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Word Origin & History

demagogue
1640s, from Gk. demagogos "leader of the people," from demos "people" (see demotic) + agogos "leader," from agein "to lead" (see act). A term of disparagement ever since it was first used in Athens, 5c. B.C.E. As a verb, attested by 1980s, Amer.Eng.
Related: Demagogic (1831); demagoguery (1866); demagogy (1650s).
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demagogue [(dem-uh-gog, dem-uh-gawg)]

A politician who seeks to win and hold office by appeals to mass prejudice. Demagogues often use lies and distortion. (See Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin.)

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Example sentences
Don't dismiss it as "trying to demagogue" or "a disrespectful direction".
I'm not interested in giving you a platform to demagogue.
Expect to be called a demagogue, but don't be a demagogue.
Always placing blame and finding fault is called being a demagogue.
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