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

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 On the other hand, the 1954 Army-McCarthy hearings ended the demagogic power of Sen. Joe McCarthy, a Wisconsin Republican who used congressional investigations as a weapon against left-leaning government officials. Stephen Engelberg, ProPublica, 15 June 2022 Critics of Erdogan’s demagogic rule suggest his intransigence now ought to raise questions about Turkey’s place within the alliance. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 20 May 2022 Willie’s war buddy Mike Quinlan (Kevin Dennis) represents the unemployed Irish workers easily swayed by demagogic politicians. New York Times, 3 Apr. 2022 The implicit contrast is to ignorant brutes who gravitate to demagogic leaders and resentful agendas. Samuel Goldman, The Week, 9 Oct. 2021 Roughly seventy years ago the left's forebears made precisely the same move when confronted with an overly zealous, demagogic critic of communism. Damon Linker, The Week, 25 June 2021 All these choices are demagogic, geared toward endearing the electorate. Armond White, National Review, 22 Dec. 2021 And as in the United States a year ago, the opposition’s best hope of defeating the demagogic incumbent rests with an old stalwart of the left who is trying to kindle nostalgia for more civil and prosperous times. Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times, 21 Dec. 2021 Other governments in Latin America and Europe with far less demagogic leadership oversaw covid death rates worse than that of Brazil. Washington Post, 22 Oct. 2021 See More

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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 9 Aug. 2022.

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