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[dee-muh-nahyz] /ˈdi məˌnaɪz/
verb (used with object), demonized, demonizing.
to turn into a demon or make demonlike.
to subject to the influence of demons.
Also, especially British, demonise.
1815-25; < Medieval Latin daemonizāre, equivalent to Late Latin daemon demon + -izāre -ize
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demonization, noun Unabridged
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  • Yet many reps are so friendly, so easygoing, so much fun to flirt with that it is virtually impossible to demonize them.
  • The problem is worsened when domestic elites demonize a rival nation to drum up support for national-security policy.
  • demonize one sector or another and you'll alienate the people whose behavior needs to change.
  • They talk past each other, and by and large they demonize each other.
  • Another attempt by the leftist press to demonize any remnant of rational dialogue.
  • Of course, it is always easy to demonize or criticize after a calamity.
  • They will talk about anything under the sun in an attempt to demonize the subject of climate change except the actual science.
  • There are many who have forgotten how they got here and seek to demonize the immigrants among us.
  • If they can demonize cattle ranches for releasing methane green house emissions, they can demonize natural gas.
  • The capitalists were able to demonize the unions to other humans.
British Dictionary definitions for demonize


verb (transitive)
to make into or like a demon
to subject to demonic influence
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 demonize

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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