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[dee-mon-i-tahyz, -muhn-] /diˈmɒn ɪˌtaɪz, -ˈmʌn-/
verb (used with object), demonetized, demonetizing.
to divest (a monetary standard or the like) of value.
to withdraw (money or the like) from use.
to deprive (an issue of postage stamps) of validity by legal methods and without marking the stamps themselves.
Also, especially British, demonetise.
Origin of demonetize
1850-55; < French démonétiser. See de-, monetize
Related forms
demonetization, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for demonetization
Historical Examples
  • What really placed us alongside such barbarous countries as India was the demonetization of silver.

    Money John P. Jones
  • The House or the Senate, I 've forgotten which, had passed the demonetization bill.

    The Cross-Cut Courtney Ryley Cooper
  • The financial managers threw gold out of use and then urged its non-use as a reason for its demonetization.

    If Not Silver, What? John W. Bookwalter
  • It is the fact of monetization for one of the metals, and demonetization for the other.

    The Arena Various
  • The motive for the demonetization of silver was precisely the same that had previously inspired the demonetization of gold.

    Money John P. Jones
  • The demonetization of silver, which has taken place in various countries.

  • The demonetization of silver, moreover, was accompanied and followed by a great increase in silver production.

    The Value of Money Benjamin M. Anderson, Jr.
  • Her income and creditor classes are daily in receipt of an unearned increment to their wealth by reason of that demonetization.

    Money John P. Jones
  • Note carefully, and indicate the different meanings of bimetallism; of demonetization.

    The Principles of Economics Frank A. Fetter
  • And so it was that our cotton planters, by the demonetization of silver, were placed alongside the barbarous people of India.

    Money John P. Jones
British Dictionary definitions for demonetization


verb (transitive)
to deprive (a metal) of its capacity as a monetary standard
to withdraw from use as currency
Derived Forms
demonetization, demonetisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for demonetization

1852, from French démonétisation, from démonetiser (see demonetize).



1852, from French démonitiser, from de- (see de-) + monetiser (see monetize).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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