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demonize

[dee-muh-nahyz] /ˈdi məˌnaɪz/
verb (used with object), demonized, demonizing.
1.
to turn into a demon or make demonlike.
2.
to subject to the influence of demons.
Also, especially British, demonise.
Origin
1815-1825
1815-25; < Medieval Latin daemonizāre, equivalent to Late Latin daemon demon + -izāre -ize
Related forms
demonization, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for demonization

demonize

/ˈdiːməˌnaɪz/
verb (transitive)
1.
to make into or like a demon
2.
to subject to demonic influence
3.
to mark out or describe as evil or culpable: the technique of demonizing the enemy in the run-up to war
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Word Origin and History for demonization

demonize

v.

1821, "to make into a demon" (literally or figuratively), from Medieval Latin daemonizare, from Latin daemon (see demon). Greek daimonizesthai meant "to be possessed by a demon." Related: Demonized; demonizing.

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