[dem-uh-goj-ik, -gog-, -goh-jik]


of, relating to, or characteristic of a demagogue.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for demagogic

Contemporary Examples of demagogic

  • The 1988 presidential race is rightly remembered for its focus on demagogic and racially coded appeals.

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    Why Isn’t Prison Justice on the Ballot This Tuesday?

    Inimai Chettiar, Abigail Finkelman

    November 1, 2014

  • True to form, he did deliver the most demagogic moment of the night, referring to the “Obama Depression.”

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    Romney Wins Debate Gold

    Michael Tomasky

    June 14, 2011

  • It was demagogic, but the mostly female crowd of Shriver and Schwarzenegger fans roared their approval.

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    Arnold Swats Whitman

    Joe Mathews

    October 27, 2010

  • But they will most likely collapse if they actually seek it and refuse to let go their demagogic ways.

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    How to Beat the Demagogues

    Michael Signer

    March 27, 2010

  • The speech was not demagogic, and after George W. Bush, we can at least be thankful for that.

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    The Opposite of Rousing

    Peter Beinart

    December 2, 2009

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




of, characteristic of, relating to, or resembling a demagogue
Derived Formsdemagogically, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for demagogic

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper