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[dee-mon-i-tahyz, -muhn-]
verb (used with object), de·mon·e·tized, de·mon·e·tiz·ing.
  1. to divest (a monetary standard or the like) of value.
  2. to withdraw (money or the like) from use.
  3. to deprive (an issue of postage stamps) of validity by legal methods and without marking the stamps themselves.
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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
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Historical Examples of demonetize

  • The only result is to demonetize gold and to cause it to be hoarded or exported.

    American Eloquence, Volume IV. (of 4)


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

British Dictionary definitions for demonetize



verb (tr)
  1. to deprive (a metal) of its capacity as a monetary standard
  2. to withdraw from use as currency
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Derived Formsdemonetization or demonetisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for demonetize


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

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