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


the methods or practices of a demagogue.

Origin of demagoguery

An Americanism dating back to 1850–55; demagogue + -ry Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of demagoguery

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)


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