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tr.v. de·mon·ized, de·mon·iz·ing, de·mon·iz·es
1. To turn into or as if into a demon.
2. To possess by or as if by a demon.
3. To represent as evil or diabolic: wartime propaganda that demonizes the enemy.

de′mon·i·za′tion (-mə-nĭ-zā′shən) n.


(ˌdiːmənaɪˈzeɪʃən) or


1. theol the act of turning someone into a demon
2. the representation of someone or something as demonic: the demonization of people on benefits.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.demonization - to represent as diabolically evil; "the demonization of our enemies"
condemnation, disapprobation - an expression of strong disapproval; pronouncing as wrong or morally culpable; "his uncompromising condemnation of racism"
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Yet, when it comes to the demonization of a potential political foe, the media produce the most unbalanced, unverified allegations to serve as character assassinations--and the public swallows it whole.
By situating gang violence in the appropriate context, Levenson works to reverse much of the demonization of gang members which constantly appears in the Guatemalan and international media.
Joseph Kishore and David North in a joint article for World Socialist Web Site said that "in the newspapers and on the airwaves, the demonization of Russia is unrelenting.
I'm only a couple of pages in so I can't pass judgement on it yet, but I'd recommend everyone read Owen's last book, Chavs, The Demonization of the Working Class.
People of good will must respond when public discourse is infected with demonization of particular groups.
The Demonization of Dearborn continues with a faked photo being circulated on social media showing a sign purportedly showing Muslims in that city threatening to kill "all" Americans.
Overall, the volume is a worthy and timely contribution, arguably most laudable for its efforts to offer an alternative to the rash demonization and apathetic polarization that typically define contemporary political discourse in the United States.
Since before the non-indictment announcement, I've called for repentance for the demonization of blackness that Christianity perpetuated.
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What began as President Recep Tayyip Erdoy-an declared an end to the "process," along with a shameless campaign of demonization in pro-Justice and Development Party (AKP) media against the elected Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), and the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) "taking the bait" for launching terrorist attacks, a flawed decision by the White House for Turkish-American cooperation welcomed again by Erdoy-an as a "carte blanche" to wage a war against the PKK as the priority has so far only led to national despair, hatred and pain.
Regrettably, readers of Gwen Moritz's recent editorial ("The Dangers of Demonization," July 1) will only learn that she finds this question unworthy of serious discussion.
The demonization of carbon dioxide is just like the demonization of the poor Jews under Hitler.