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[dee-muh-nahyz] /ˈdi məˌnaɪz/
verb (used with object), demonized, demonizing.
to turn into a demon or make demonlike.
to subject to the influence of demons.
Also, especially British, demonise.
Origin of demonize
1815-25; < Medieval Latin daemonizāre, equivalent to Late Latin daemon demon + -izāre -ize
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demonization, noun Unabridged
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  • His choices free or fetter, elevate or debase, deify or demonize his humanity.


    Amos Bronson Alcott
  • The tendency to sentimentalize nature has, in our time, largely taken the place of the old tendency to demonize and spiritize it.

    Ways of Nature John Burroughs
British Dictionary definitions for demonize


verb (transitive)
to make into or like a demon
to subject to demonic influence
to mark out or describe as evil or culpable: the technique of demonizing the enemy in the run-up to war
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for demonize

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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