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 demagogically (audio) , -​ˈgō-​ji-​ \ adverb

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Many observers rightly condemned Trump’s demagogic charge that Barack Obama was ineligible for the presidency because, supposedly, he was born abroad. New York Times, "What, Exactly, Do We Mean by ‘Democracy’ Anyway?," 7 May 2019 In the two years since the 2016 election, Donald Trump has generated some of the most demagogic, xenophobic, and cruel policies and practices to come out of Washington in decades. David Cole, The New York Review of Books, "The Path of Greatest Resistance," 7 Feb. 2019 Trump has many of the mannerisms and much of the style of a plebiscitary dictator who wields demagogic rhetoric to turn the crowd against liberal institutions. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The latest Obamacare ruling is part of a larger conservative attack on democracy," 15 Dec. 2018 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 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 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 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 Yet the reaction of the city’s political leaders ranged from lethargic to misinformed and even demagogic. Jon Talton, The Seattle Times, "A reminder to city leaders: Business is not the enemy," 15 Sep. 2017

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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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