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demagogue

noun [C] disapproving (US also demagog) uk   /ˈdem.ə.ɡɒɡ/  us   /-ɡɑːɡ/
a person, especially a political leader, who wins support by exciting people's emotions rather than by having good ideas
demagogic
adjective uk   /ˌdem.əˈɡɒdʒ.ɪk/  us   /-ˈɡɑː.dʒɪ-/
demagogically
adverb uk   /ˌdem.əˈɡɒdʒ.ɪ.kəl.i/  us   /-ˈɡɑː.dʒɪ-/
demagoguery
noun [U] uk   /ˌdem.əˈɡɒɡ.ə.ri/  us   /-ˈɡɑː.ɡɚ.i/
Translations of “demagogue”
in Chinese (Traditional) 蠱惑民心的政客…
in Chinese (Simplified) 蛊惑民心的政客…
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