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demonize

[ dee-muh-nahyz ]
/ ˈdi məˌnaɪz /
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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.

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Also especially British, de·mon·ise .

Origin of demonize

1815–25; <Medieval Latin daemonizāre, equivalent to Late Latin daemondemon + -izāre-ize

OTHER WORDS FROM demonize

de·mon·i·za·tion, noun
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demonize

demonise

/ (ˈdiːməˌnaɪz) /

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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