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dem·a·gogue also dem·a·gog  (dm-gôg, -gg)
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.
tr.v. dem·a·gogued also dem·a·goged, dem·a·gogu·ing also dem·a·go·ging, dem·a·gogues also dem·a·gogs
Usage Problem To speak about (an issue, for example) in the manner of a demagogue.

[Greek dmaggos, popular leader : dmos, people; see d- in Indo-European roots + aggos, leading (from agein, to lead; see ag- in Indo-European roots).]
Usage Note: Among the nouns that the Usage Panel is loath to see used as a verb is demagogue, meaning "to speak about something in the manner of a demagogue." Ninety-four percent reject it in the sentence The President will demagogue Medicare, unwilling to acknowledge that fundamental reforms need to be made. Resistance to the use of traditional nouns as verbs is sometimes strong, especially when the novel usages are associated with business or bureaucratic jargon.

demagogue (ˈdɛməˌɡɒɡ) or demagog
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a political agitator who appeals with crude oratory to the prejudice and passions of the mob
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (esp in the ancient world) any popular political leader or orator
[C17: from Greek dēmagōgos people's leader, from dēmos people + agein to lead]

dem•a•gogue or dem•a•gog (ˈdɛm əˌgɒg, -ˌgɔg)

n., v. -gogued, -gogu•ing. n.
1. a person, esp. a political leader, who gains power by arousing people's emotions and prejudices.
2. (in ancient times) a leader of the people.
3. to speak or act like a demagogue.
[1640–50; < Greek dēmagōgós=dêm(os) people + agōgós guiding]
Thesaurus Legend:  Synonyms Related Words Antonyms
Noun1.demagogue - a political leader who seeks support by appealing to popular passions and prejudices
pol, political leader, politico, politician - a person active in party politics

noun agitator, firebrand, haranguer, rabble-rouser, soapbox orator He was dismissed as a radical demagogue.
demagogue demagog (US sometimes) [ˈdeməgɒ>g] Ndemagogo/a m/f
demagogue [ˈdɛməgɒg] ndémagogue mf
demagogue, (US) demagog
nDemagoge m, → Demagogin f
demagogue [ˈdɛməgɒg] n (pej) → demagogo

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After a good deal of fruitless argument the question was referred for decision to a passing Coyote, who was a bit of a demagogue and desirous to stand well with both.
Jones wrote a full and particular account of the dinner, which appeared duly in the Demagogue.
A poor man is despised the whole world over; despised as much by a Christian as by a lord, as much by a demagogue as by a footman, and not all the copy-book maxims ever set for ink stained youth will make him respected.
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