[dem-uh-gog, -gawg]
a person, especially an orator or political leader, who gains power and popularity by arousing the emotions, passions, and prejudices of the people.
(in ancient times) a leader of the people.
verb (used with object), demagogued, demagoguing.
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.
to speak or act like a demagogue.
Also, demagog.

1640–50; < Greek dēmagōgós a leader of the people, popular leader, equivalent to dêm(os) people + agōgós leading, guiding; see -agogue Unabridged
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demagogue or sometimes (US) demagog (ˈdɛməˌɡɒɡ)
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
[C17: from Greek dēmagōgos people's leader, from dēmos people + agein to lead]

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Word Origin & History

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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Cultural Dictionary
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
Give an opportunity to capture a rostrum to too expressive persons, demagogues
  and phrase-mongers.
It might have gone further, and stated that demagogues control the faucet, and
  take care of whatever flows therefrom.
There are other demagogues there now who have and continue to foment war.
Betty's scheming co-workers resent her in the same way immigration demagogues
  do: she's an interloper.
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