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Friday, March 24, 2000

Definitions for demagogue

  1. A leader who obtains power by means of impassioned appeals to the emotions and prejudices of the populace.
  2. A leader of the common people in ancient times.

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Citations for demagogue
This was to have held a sculpture of a Roman charioteer driving four horses, but the work was never completed, leaving behind what looks like a diving board or a futurist balcony, ideally suited for a demagogue exhorting a throng below. Michael Z. Wise, New York Times
A consummate demagogue, McCarthy played upon cold war emotions and made charges so fantastic that frightened people believed the worst. Arthur Herman, Joseph McCarthy
Origin of demagogue
1640-1650
Demagogue derives from Greek demagogos, "a leader of the people," from demos, "the people" + agogos, "leading, one who leads," from agein, "to lead."