[ dee-muh-nahyz ]
/ ˈdi məˌnaɪz /

verb (used with object), de·mon·ized, de·mon·iz·ing.

to turn into a demon or make demonlike.
to subject to the influence of demons.
Also especially British, de·mon·ise.

Origin of demonize

1815–25; < Medieval Latin daemonizāre, equivalent to Late Latin daemon demon + -izāre -ize
Related formsde·mon·i·za·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for demonise



/ (ˈdiːməˌnaɪz) /

verb (tr)

to make into or like a demon
to subject to demonic influence
to mark out or describe as evil or culpablethe technique of demonizing the enemy in the run-up to war
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Word Origin and History for demonise



1821, "to make into a demon" (literally or figuratively), from Medieval Latin daemonizare, from Latin daemon (see demon). Greek daimonizesthai meant "to be possessed by a demon." Related: Demonized; demonizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper