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demagogy

[dem-uh-goh-jee, -gaw-jee, -goj-ee]
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noun
  1. Chiefly British. demagoguery.
  2. the character of a demagogue.
  3. a body of demagogues.
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Origin of demagogy

1645–55; < Greek dēmagōgía leadership of the people, equivalent to dēmagōg(ós) demagogue + -ia -y3
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  • Why should it not take Belgium, and destroy there a nest of demagogy?

    Two Chancellors

    Julian Klaczko

  • That peculiar blend of divine right and demagogy is gone for ever.

    The New Germany

    George Young

  • Thanks to him the wave of demagogy halts at the temple door and evil fails to triumph in the District.

    The Torrent

    Vicente Blasco Ibaez

  • My conflict with a moribund group of old adherents of serfdom; their accusation of demagogy.

    The Russian Turmoil

    Anton Ivanovich Denikin

  • Demagogism, Demagoguism (dem′a-gog-ism); Dem′agoguery, Demagogy (-goj′).


British Dictionary definitions for demagogy

demagogy

noun plural -gogies
  1. demagoguery
  2. rule by a demagogue or by demagogues
  3. a group of demagogues
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