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 (dĕm′ə-gŏj′ē, -gô′jē, -gŏg′ē, -gō′jē)
The character or practices of a demagogue; demagoguery.


n, pl -gogies
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) demagoguery
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) rule by a demagogue or by demagogues
3. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a group of demagogues


(ˈdɛm əˌgɒg ə ri, -ˌgɔ gə-)

the methods or practices of a demagogue.
[1850–55, Amer.]
demagoguery, demagogy - Demagoguery and demagogy are the practices or rhetoric of a demagogue.
See also related terms for rhetoric.

demagogism, demagoguism, demagogy

the art and practice of gaining power and popularity by arousing the emotions, passions, and prejudices of the people. Also demagoguery.
See also: Politics
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.demagogy - impassioned appeals to the prejudices and emotions of the populace
appeal, entreaty, prayer - earnest or urgent request; "an entreaty to stop the fighting"; "an appeal for help"; "an appeal to the public to keep calm"
flag waving, jingoism - an appeal intended to arouse patriotic emotions


[ˈdeməgɒgɪ] Ndemagogia f


[ˈdɛməgɒdʒi] demagoguery [ˌdɛməˈgɒgəri] ndémagogie f
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But, as German political theorist Hannah Arendt said, to paraphrase it, if someone dealing with a certain subject constantly engages in demagogy achieves some success, it is more likely that they will become the victim of their own fabrication.
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Our democracy is in danger because of so-called majority opinion instigated through demagogy.
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Through bluster and demagogy, populist politicians are turning back the clock to a pre-empirical world, in which superstition and obscurantism were apparently better for everyone.
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