- to turn into a demon or make demonlike.
- to subject to the influence of demons.
Origin of demonize
Examples from the Web for demonization
“The demonization of black people in popular working-class culture is one way to work through anxieties about class,” Guterl said.Why It’s Time to End Blackface, Finally
October 31, 2013
The reasons for the widespread suppression of the official Palestinian demonization of Jews and Israel are easily discernible.Hazineh Calls for the Murder of Jews and the Mainstream Press Stays Silent
August 15, 2013
Faced with demonization that he wanted to demolish the welfare state, Romney selected the guy who wrote the plan.When You Can't Run As a Moderate in 2012...
November 8, 2012
Since its demonization by Ronald Reagan, regulation has been a favorite punching bag for the right.Why Regulation Matters: Investigating the Meningitis Outbreak
October 18, 2012
Michelle Goldberg on the Republican disconnect—and the demonization of an undecided voter.Michelle Goldberg on the GOP’s Delusional Debate Night
October 17, 2012
Unreflected celebration of technocracy as the sole agent of change must be treated with the same suspicion as its demonization.The Civilization of Illiteracy
- 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
Word Origin and History for demonization
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.