Demagogue meaning

dĕmə-gôg, -gŏg
The definition of a demagogue is a leader who plays to peoples' emotions and uses prejudices to gain power.

An example of a demagogue is Joseph Stalin.

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A leader who obtains power by means of impassioned appeals to the emotions and prejudices of the populace.
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To speak about (an issue, for example) in the manner of a demagogue.
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A leader of the common people.
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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.
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To seize upon and use (an issue, event, etc.) in the inflammatory manner of a demagogue so as to sway public opinion.
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(historical) A leader of the people.
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(pejorative) A political orator or leader who gains favor by pandering to or exciting the passions and prejudices of the audience rather than by using rational argument.
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A leader of the common people in ancient times.
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(intransitive and) To speak or act in the manner of a demagogue; to speak about (an issue) in the manner of a demagogue.
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To behave as a demagogue.
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Origin of demagogue

  • Greek dēmagōgos popular leader dēmos people dā- in Indo-European roots agōgos leading (from agein to lead ag- in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Ancient Greek δημαγωγός (demagogos, “popular leader, mob leader”), from δῆμος (demos, “people”) + ἀγωγός (agogos, “guide”).

    From Wiktionary