dem·​a·​gog·​ic ˌde-mə-ˈgä-gik How to pronounce demagogic (audio)
 also  -ˈgä-jik,
 or  -ˈgō-jik
: of, relating to, or characteristic of a demagogue : employing demagoguery
-ˈgä-ji- How to pronounce demagogic (audio)

Examples of demagogic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But cracks emerged in Khan’s relationship with the military, and broader frustrations with his demagogic handling of government eventually snowballed into a political crisis that saw his rule ended in a vote of no-confidence. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 11 Feb. 2024 The deposition would not be a day at the beach, but the investigators doing the questioning tend to be less demagogic than the pols performing at public hearings. Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review, 11 Jan. 2024 In a class by itself: D.W. Griffith’s openly white supremacist, blatantly demagogic account of America’s Civil War and Reconstruction, quite possibly the most revered and reviled movie ever made and, in many ways, the most influential. J. Hoberman, The New Republic, 22 June 2023 Among the stories that Dominion says Fox promoted was that the company was actually the brainchild of associates of Hugo Chávez—Venezuela’s demagogic leftist President, who died in 2013—and was built to steal elections. Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker, 19 Mar. 2023 Like many businessmen of the age, Welch saw the New Deal as a stalking horse for an eventual socialist takeover of the United States; the same debased and demagogic vision of the political economy that had driven him from Harvard Law was now dictating the country’s economic policy. Chris Lehmann, The New Republic, 23 Nov. 2021 But Pearson became disgusted by McCarthy’s wild attacks on innocent public officials and systematically refuted them in his column, inadvertently contributing to the senator’s emergence as the nation’s leading anticommunist by calling attention to McCarthy’s demagogic crusade. Fergus M. Bordewich, WSJ, 21 May 2021 Although The Chronicle had been the only city newspaper to back the populist, anti-Chinese party and its demagogic founder, Denis Kearney, de Young had supported a different candidate, and set out to destroy Kalloch with a barrage of stories about his scandalous past. Gary Kamiya, San Francisco Chronicle, 2 Apr. 2021 Three sentences versus one demagogic sentence is hard politics. David Marchese David Marchese, New York Times, 3 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History


borrowed from Greek dēmagōgikós, from dēmagōgós demagogue entry 1 + -ikos -ic entry 1

First Known Use

1831, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of demagogic was in 1831

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“Demagogic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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