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Sunday, March 06, 2011

Definitions for demagogue

  1. A leader who obtains power by means of impassioned appeals to the emotions and prejudices of the populace.
  2. A leader of the common people in ancient times.

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Citations for demagogue
This was to have held a sculpture of a Roman charioteer driving four horses, but the work was never completed, leaving behind what looks like a diving board or a futurist balcony, ideally suited for a demagogue exhorting a throng below. Michael Z. Wise, New York Times
A consummate demagogue, McCarthy played upon cold war emotions and made charges so fantastic that frightened people believed the worst. Arthur Herman, Joseph McCarthy
Origin of demagogue
Demagogue derives from Greek demagogos, "a leader of the people," from demos, "the people" + agogos, "leading, one who leads," from agein, "to lead."