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[ dee-mon-i-tahyz, -muhn- ]
/ diˈmɒn ɪˌtaɪz, -ˈmʌn- /

verb (used with object), de·mon·e·tized, de·mon·e·tiz·ing.

to divest (a monetary standard or the like) of value.
to withdraw (money or the like) from use.
to deprive (an issue of postage stamps) of validity by legal methods and without marking the stamps themselves.

Nearby words

demon star, demon-, demoness, demonetarize, demonetization, demonetize, demoniac, demonian, demonic, demonism, demonize
Also especially British, de·mon·e·tise.

Origin of demonetize

From the French word démonétiser, dating back to 1850–55. See de-, monetize
Related formsde·mon·e·ti·za·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for demonetize

  • In 1652 an attempt was made to demonetize the vellon, June 25th, which was abandoned November 14th.

    A History of the Inquisition of Spain; vol. 4|Henry Charles Lea
  • The only result is to demonetize gold and to cause it to be hoarded or exported.

British Dictionary definitions for demonetize



/ (diːˈmʌnɪˌtaɪz) /

verb (tr)

to deprive (a metal) of its capacity as a monetary standard
to withdraw from use as currency
Derived Formsdemonetization or demonetisation, noun
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 demonetize



1852, from French démonitiser, from de- (see de-) + monetiser (see monetize).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper