- to divest (a monetary standard or the like) of value.
- to withdraw (money or the like) from use.
- to deprive (an issue of postage stamps) of validity by legal methods and without marking the stamps themselves.
Also especially British, de·mon·e·tise.
Origin of demonetize
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Examples from the Web for demonetize
The only result is to demonetize gold and to cause it to be hoarded or exported.
In 1652 an attempt was made to demonetize the vellon, June 25th, which was abandoned November 14th.A History of the Inquisition of Spain; vol. 4
Henry Charles Lea
- to deprive (a metal) of its capacity as a monetary standard
- to withdraw from use as currency
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Word Origin and History for demonetize
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