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

Related Words for demonize

demean, deprecate, criticize, disparage, diminish, vilify

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Contemporary Examples of demonize

Historical Examples of demonize

  • His choices free or fetter, elevate or debase, deify or demonize his humanity.


    Amos Bronson Alcott

  • The tendency to sentimentalize nature has, in our time, largely taken the place of the old tendency to demonize and spiritize it.

    Ways of Nature

    John Burroughs

British Dictionary definitions for demonize



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 demonize

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