- 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 demagoguing
Contemporary Examples of demagoguing
To be sure, lawmakers have made it extremely difficult, throwing multiple roadblocks in his way—and demagoguing the issue.All In on Gitmo: Obama Returns to Fight for a Shutdown
May 23, 2013
Gingrich regained his footing quickly, demagoguing the federal courts in a way that would have made George Corley Wallace proud.Paul Begala: Newt's Shameless Chutzpah Saves Him in Fox Debate
December 16, 2011
He said Democrats are demagoguing the issue, but faulted Ryan for giving them the opportunity.Are Democrats Health-Care Hypocrites?
May 12, 2011
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.).