dem·​a·​gog·​ic | \ ˌde-mə-ˈgä-gik How to pronounce demagogic (audio) also -ˈgä-jik or -ˈgō-jik \

Definition of demagogic

: of, relating to, or characteristic of a demagogue : employing demagoguery

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demagogically \ ˌde-​mə-​ˈgä-​gi-​k(ə-​)lē , -​ˈgä-​ji-​ How to pronounce demagogically (audio) , -​ˈgō-​ji-​ \ adverb

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Recent Examples on the Web Trump’s demagogic use of social media has been a blight on American democracy for years, of course, but the stakes are now bigger than ever. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "Fact-Checking Trump on Twitter Won’t Stop His Demagoguery," 27 May 2020 The demagogic radio-station owner now runs the country. George Packer, The Atlantic, "A Novelist’s Ambition to Define America," 18 Apr. 2020 But these fleeting jabs were fair response to their targets’ demagogic sniping. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "Trump’s Curious Libel Lawsuit against the New York Times," 28 Feb. 2020 This idea, of nonconformity through principle, is essential to the difference between demagogic democracy and liberal democracy, and Mitt Romney, whatever his flaws and faults, defined it for his time. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "Thirteen (Well, Ten) Ways of Looking at an Impeachment and Acquittal," 8 Feb. 2020 Schiff, like a great number of other representatives, quoted Alexander Hamilton, correctly, on the threat of demagogic charlatans like Trump. Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker, "Trump’s Impeachment Defense in Washington and in Battle Creek," 19 Dec. 2019 Christopher Shinn’s adaptation, based on literal translations from the original German, is mercifully understated, not needing to oversell the comparisons between Horvath’s demagogic times and ours. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: ‘Judgment Day,’ an Allegory of Blame, Goes Big," 11 Dec. 2019 People don’t know how to confront these evils, which come in nearly every direction, in the form of theological zealots, demagogic populists, avowed racists, and trollish misogynists. Franklin Foer, The Atlantic, "The Death of the Public Square," 6 July 2018 Expect, too, frequent referendums, less well integrated immigrants, more polarised political debates and more demagogic leaders emoting directly to and on behalf of their devoted voters. The Economist, "Europe’s populists are waltzing into the mainstream," 3 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of demagogic

1831, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for demagogic

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

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“Demagogic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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