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