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[dem-uh-goj-ik, -gog-, -goh-jik]
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  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of a demagogue.
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Also dem·a·gog·i·cal.

Origin of demagogic

1825–35; < Greek dēmagōgikós, equivalent to dēmagōg(ós) (see demagogue) + -ikos -ic
Related formsdem·a·gog·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Related Words for demagogic

subversive, inflammatory, treacherous, provocative, incendiary, intemperate, ambiguous, inaccurate, deceitful, wrong, evasive, puzzling, disingenuous, false, perplexing, beguiling, confounding, bewildering, dangerous, malevolent

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Historical Examples of demagogic

  • Of course I deplore your tendency to dalliance with the demagogic muse.

  • To many even liberal scholars of the day, Luther's doctrines appeared wild and demagogic.

    De Re Metallica

    Georgius Agricola

  • However, the demagogic wind which had suddenly blown over a part of France had not prevailed in the Department of la Manche.

  • Mr. Britling, who seemed to Mr. Direck to be for a captain rather too demagogic, also ran back to rally his forces by loud cries.

  • The popular tide set so strongly that none dared openly oppose the demagogic orators.

    Orphans of the Storm

    Henry MacMahon

British Dictionary definitions for demagogic



  1. of, characteristic of, relating to, or resembling a demagogue
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Derived Formsdemagogically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for demagogic


1831; see demagogue + -ic. Cf. Greek demagogikos "fit for or like a demagogue."

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