Origin of demonize
OTHER WORDS FROM demonizede·mon·i·za·tion [dee-muh-nahy-zey-shuhn], /ˌdi mə naɪˈzeɪ ʃən/, noun
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What does demonize mean?
To demonize something or someone is to mark or describe it as evil, as one would a demon.
When something or someone is figuratively demonized like this, it is treated as undesirable or disrespectful. Being is demonized in this way often means being avoided or ignored by certain groups.
Literally, to demonize is to turn something into a demon or to make it demonlike, as in The wizard spoke the spell that would transform a frog into a demon, demonizing it to create a powerful weapon.
To demonize is also to subject demonic, or evil, influence, as in A mage demonized me, and now a demon torments my every waking hour. Some cultures and religions believe demons exist, while others believe they are only fictional characters.
Example: The senator was so demonized for his beliefs that he could not win reelection.
Where does demonize come from?
An example of a group that believed in demons as actual beings were the townspeople of Salem, Massachusetts, in the late 1600s. They believed so strongly in demons that some residents became convinced that fellow residents had demonized them, directing demons to torment them. The Salem witch trials were the trials of residents accused of being witches and directing demons to torment other townspeople. The period is now seen as one of massive hysteria and wrongful arrests and execution of innocent people.
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What are some other forms related to demonize?
- demonization (noun)
- demonizing (adjective, verb)
- demonlike (adjective)
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How is demonize used in real life?
Demonize is generally used in a figurative sense.
People demonize people and then they demonize anybody who sees anything positive in someone whose been demonized
— ye (@kanyewest) April 22, 2018
Fascinating to watch people demonize optimism. Happiness for others scares many in search of it for themselves
— Gary Vaynerchuk (@garyvee) February 3, 2019
— 영노 (@yeongno3) January 5, 2022
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How to use demonize in a sentence
Newsletter articles demonized second-wave feminists as “arrogant” and “anti-male.”Newsletters may threaten the mainstream media, but they also build communities|Sarah Ovink|July 8, 2021|Washington Post
He is right that racism remains a problem and that the nation faces an existential threat when racial groups employ partisan politics to demonize others.A well-worn argument about race, intelligence and violence|Theodore Johnson|June 25, 2021|Washington Post
This isolation matters, too, because it means that parties can’t count on enthusiasm from their own voters — instead, they must demonize the political opposition in order to mobilize voters.Why The Two-Party System Is Effing Up U.S. Democracy|Lee Drutman (email@example.com)|June 16, 2021|FiveThirtyEight
The film also draws on the current trend of reevaluating demonized women to give her a far more sympathetic persona.Why it’s so satisfying to root for Disney villains|Aja Romano|May 28, 2021|Vox
They care about demonizing and attacking law enforcement, and I think it’s wrong.
Some historians say that the Christian church gave Satan horns to demonize the Wiccan faith.‘Gods of Suburbia’: Dina Goldstein’s Arresting Photo Series on Religion vs. Consumerism|Dina Goldstein|November 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But if we showed all that stuff, people would instantly demonize the film.
The proponents of these laws will demonize Muslims while making the case for these measures.13 Years After 9/11, Anti-Muslim Bigotry Is Worse Than Ever|Dean Obeidallah|September 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It possesses the power to both humanize and demonize minority groups.
Democrats have certainly done their fair share of utilizing the race card in the Obama era to demonize their political opponents.Eric Cantor’s Last, Legacy-Burnishing Task: Update the VRA|Ron Christie|June 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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