noun & v.
Variant of demagogue
- Obsolete a leader of the common people
- a person who tries to stir up the people by appeals to emotion, prejudice, etc. in order to win them over quickly and so gain power
Origin: < Gr dēmagōgos, leader of the people < dēmos, the people (see democracy) + agōgos, leader < agein, to lead: see act
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