- Demonize is defined as to make someone come across as a demon or to portray someone as bad or evil.
When you tell everyone that your new teacher is as mean and evil as the Devil himself, this is an example of a time when you demonize the teacher.
transitive verbde·mon·ized, de·mon·iz·ing, de·mon·iz·es
- To turn into or as if into a demon.
- To possess by or as if by a demon.
- To represent as evil or diabolic: wartime propaganda that demonizes the enemy.
(third-person singular simple present demonizes, present participle demonizing, simple past and past participle demonized)
From Medieval Latin daemonizo, from daemon + -izo. Compare Ancient Greek δαιμονίζομαι (daemonizomai, “to be possessed by a demon”), from δαίμων (deamon, “demon”)