dem·a·gog·ic | \ˌde-mə-ˈgä-gik also -ˈgä-jik or -ˈgō-jik \

Definition of demagogic 

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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from demagogic

demagogically \-gi-k(ə-)lē, -ji- \ adverb

Examples of demagogic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

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 In addition to being more explicit, Trump’s demagogic racial appeals are more relentless and inflammatory than those deployed by previous GOP presidents. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Has Not Transformed the Republican Party – Yet," 14 June 2018 Sermons about inclusivity have been replaced with demagogic attacks on immigrants and black athletes. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Has Not Transformed the Republican Party – Yet," 14 June 2018 Making demagogic declarations of trade war — and then letting the Goldman Sachs wing of the White House quietly defang his threats — seemed perfectly consistent with the president’s broader modus operandi. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Raises Taxes on Chinese Goods, Eyes Foreign Cars Next," 15 June 2018 As with his predecessor Eliot Spitzer, the interesting question about Mr. Schneiderman quickly became: How will the great American experiment in self-governance, in order to remain great, bring his cynical, demagogic career to an end? Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "Why N.Y. Pols Aren’t World Class," 8 May 2018 Trump’s demagogic and xenophobic rhetoric, as well as his willingness to thumb his nose at the Republican establishment, are more than matched by Blankenship. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "How the Republican Party Eats Itself, But Stays Alive," 8 May 2018 But over the last several years, that coalition has moved to Trump’s demagogic, zero-sum approach and away from Ryan and the old GOP political establishment. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Paul Ryan's departure marks the end of an era—and the further Trumpification of the Republican Party.," 12 Apr. 2018 That new reality must also be viewed in a global context: A wave of illiberal demagogic populism is infecting many advanced industrial democracies and targeting immigrants as well as racial and religious minorities. Trudy Rubin,, "Trump is suffering from a bad case of autocrat envy | Trudy Rubin," 30 Mar. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'demagogic.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about demagogic

Dictionary Entries near demagogic








Statistics for demagogic

Last Updated

30 Sep 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for demagogic

The first known use of demagogic was in 1831

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on demagogic

See words that rhyme with demagogic

Comments on demagogic

What made you want to look up demagogic? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Roman Mythology Quiz

  • the-triumph-of-venus-by-alessandro-magnasco
  • Boreal comes from the name of the ancient Greek god of which wind?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!