- a person, especially an orator or political leader, who gains power and popularity by arousing the emotions, passions, and prejudices of the people.
- (in ancient times) a leader of the people.
- to treat or manipulate (a political issue) in the manner of a demagogue; obscure or distort with emotionalism, prejudice, etc.
- to speak or act like a demagogue.
Origin of demagogue
Examples from the Web for demagog
Historical Examples of demagog
Moreover, the demagog and the corruptionist often work hand in hand.State of the Union Addresses of Theodore Roosevelt
sometimes US demagog
- a political agitator who appeals with crude oratory to the prejudice and passions of the mob
- (esp in the ancient world) any popular political leader or orator
Word Origin for demagogue
by 1964, American English, from demagogue (n.). Related: Demagogued; demagoguing.
1640s, from Greek demagogos "popular leader," also "leader of the mob," from demos "people" (see demotic) + agogos "leader," from agein "to lead" (see act (n.)). Often a term of disparagement since the time of its first use, in Athens, 5c. B.C.E. Form perhaps influenced by French demagogue (mid-14c.).