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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Other Words from demagogic

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

Examples of demagogic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The company has no firm public standards for how to deal with lying demagogic political leaders weaponizing its platform to intimidate opponents and manipulate supporters. Jacob Silverman, The New Republic, 5 May 2021 In leftist Hollywood’s typically demagogic fashion, King and Kemp proffer the post-Obama idea that the past was equal to or worse than the present. Armond White, National Review, 7 Apr. 2021 This is how demagogic politicians and charismatic preachers can win us over, often despite their reliance on implausible narratives that beguile us. Washington Post, 26 Feb. 2021 Silvio Berlusconi, the demagogic former Prime Minister of Italy, was forced to perform community service after his 2013 conviction for tax fraud. Jane Mayer, The New Yorker, 12 Mar. 2021 Wary observers say that Bukele has followed a demagogic playbook. Soudi Jiménez, Los Angeles Times, 26 Feb. 2021 When the prime minister in question is a former international banker, the demagogic slogans practically write themselves. The Economist, 20 Feb. 2021 His presidency reflected something old and something new in U.S. political life, an appeal to a tradition of angry nativism and the advent of a demagogic style unseen before in the White House. Washington Post, 15 Jan. 2021 Long gone is any certainty in the inexorability of liberal democracy — single-party states still flourish, while demagogic populism and far-right nationalism are powerful forces within many of the world’s major democracies. Washington Post, 4 Jan. 2021

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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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13 May 2021

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“Demagogic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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