Adjective "demagogue" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


A political leader who seeks support by appealing to the desires and prejudices of ordinary people rather than by using rational argument.
  1. 'I'm loathe to give support to reform which would bring such demagogues into parliamentary politics, let alone government.'
  2. 'Moreover, the circus promises the appearance of a mysterious Prince, a demagogue who is plotting untold evil.'
  3. 'Sadly, but predictably, the effort to re-enfranchise people with felony convictions has come under attack from demagogues claiming a cynical political motive for the effort.'
  4. 'What do these reformist demagogues propose to the millions of minimum-wage workers and the millions of unemployed?'
  5. 'While his friends admired him as a nationalist leader, his enemies simply considered him a communist, a demagogue, and a dangerous man.'
  6. 'Although the political scene continues to be dominated by nationalist demagogues, there are signs that a significant section of voters feel disenfranchised as a result.'
  7. 'Furthermore it allows the electorate to participate more fully in national matters making politicians more experts in government than demagogues.'
  8. 'Faced with this situation, it is increasingly the case that it is not only the most extreme right-wing demagogues who are playing the nationalist card.'
  9. 'In an attempt to divert the resulting social unrest, Stalinist bureaucrats and communalist demagogues fomented nationalist sentiments while seeking patrons among the major powers.'
  10. 'He is a powerful demagogue and a high ranking political propagandist for the Republican party.'
  11. 'the Athenian demagogues had definite and valuable functions within the state'
  12. 'School children are taught that democracy in ancient Greece failed because demagogues whipped up mobs.'
  13. 'The fear was that a charismatic leader could use the office of tribune, with its base of power in the common citizen, to become a demagogue.'
  14. 'For historians of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, the case against Athenian democracy was linked directly to the case against the rhetorical practices of the Athenian demagogues.'

More definitions

1. a person, especially an orator or political leader, who gains power and popularity by arousing the emotions, passions, and prejudices of the people.

2. (in ancient times) a leader of the people. verb (used with object), demagogued, demagoguing.

3. to treat or manipulate (a political issue) in the manner of a demagogue; obscure or distort with emotionalism, prejudice, etc. verb (used without object), demagogued, demagoguing.

4. to speak or act like a demagogue.

More examples(as adjective)

"whiles can be demagogue."


Mid 17th century: from Greek dēmagōgos, from dēmos ‘the people’ + agōgos ‘leading’ (from agein ‘to lead’).