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.
- to make into a demon
- to characterize or conceive of as evil, cruel, inhuman, etc.: to demonize a political opponent
- to bring under the influence of demons
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”)