[dem-uh-gog-uh-ree, -gaw-guh-]

Origin of demagoguery

An Americanism dating back to 1850–55; demagogue + -ry Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of demagoguery

  • In his manner he was thoroughly democratic, but free from any suggestion of demagoguery.

  • But the most notable example of demagoguery to-day is not a man, though he be clothed with thunder, but an institution.

  • I deplore the interjection of demagoguery and personal political advancement.

  • They feel that they would be doing a public service in offsetting the demagoguery and sensationalism of most of the popular press.


    Howard Vincent O'Brien

British Dictionary definitions for demagoguery


demagoguism (ˈdɛməˌɡɒɡɪzəm)

  1. the methods, practices, or rhetoric of a demagogue
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Word Origin and History for demagoguery

1855; see demagogue + -ery. Demagogy in the same sense is from 1650s, from Greek demagogia "leadership of the people."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper