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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.
Origin of demonize
1815-25; < Medieval Latin daemonizāre, equivalent to Late Latin daemon demon + -izāre -ize
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demonization, noun Unabridged
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  • The tendency to sentimentalize nature has, in our time, largely taken the place of the old tendency to demonize and spiritize it.

    Ways of Nature John Burroughs
  • His choices free or fetter, elevate or debase, deify or demonize his humanity.

    Tablets Amos Bronson Alcott
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.

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