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demonize

[dee-muh-nahyz]
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verb (used with object), de·mon·ized, de·mon·iz·ing.
  1. to turn into a demon or make demonlike.
  2. to subject to the influence of demons.
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Also especially British, de·mon·ise.

Origin of demonize

1815–25; < Medieval Latin daemonizāre, equivalent to Late Latin daemon demon + -izāre -ize
Related formsde·mon·i·za·tion, noun
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  • Unreflected celebration of technocracy as the sole agent of change must be treated with the same suspicion as its demonization.


British Dictionary definitions for demonization

demonize

demonise

verb (tr)
  1. to make into or like a demon
  2. to subject to demonic influence
  3. to mark out or describe as evil or culpablethe technique of demonizing the enemy in the run-up to war
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Word Origin and History for demonization

demonize

v.

1821, "to make into a demon" (literally or figuratively), from Medieval Latin daemonizare, from Latin daemon (see demon). Greek daimonizesthai meant "to be possessed by a demon." Related: Demonized; demonizing.

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