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demonize

[dee-muh-nahyz]
verb (used with object), de·mon·ized, de·mon·iz·ing.
  1. to turn into a demon or make demonlike.
  2. to subject to the influence of demons.
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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
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British Dictionary definitions for demonised

demonize

demonise

verb (tr)
  1. to make into or like a demon
  2. to subject to demonic influence
  3. 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 demonised

demonize

v.

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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