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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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We are living and experiencing fragile democracies where dissent is high and there seems to be a demonization of intellectualism.
Javan, however, starts to question his society's demonization of the dark elves when he falls for the wardens slave.
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Needless to add, the immediate demonization of Arync testifies to the fact that the AKP is not at all ready to permit any criticism.
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Actually it embodies the three Ds of Delegitimization, Demonization and Double Standards.
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The hate mongering has led to a fairly widespread demonization of Israel.