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demonize

[dee-muh-nahyz]
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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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  • His choices free or fetter, elevate or debase, deify or demonize his humanity.

    Tablets

    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

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 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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