Definition of “demagogue” - English Dictionary

“demagogue” in British English

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demagoguenoun [ C ]

disapproving US also demagog uk /ˈdem.ə.ɡɒɡ/ us /ˈdem.ə.ɡɑːɡ/
demagogic
adjective uk /ˌdem.əˈɡɒdʒ.ɪk/ us /ˌdem.əˈɡɑː.dʒɪk/
demagogically
adverb uk /ˌdem.əˈɡɒdʒ.ɪ.kəl.i/ us /ˌdem.əˈɡɑː.dʒɪ.kəl.i/
demagoguery
noun [ U ] uk /ˌdem.əˈɡɒɡ.ər.i/ us /ˌdem.əˈɡɑː.ɡɚ.i/
demagogy
noun [ U ] /ˈdem.ə.ɡɒɡ.i/ /ˈdem.ə.ɡɑː.ɡi/

A climate of fear makes people more susceptable to demagogy.

Examples from literature

  • Beware of the demagogue in whatever guise he presents himself. 
  • In this condition the demagogue harangued the people. 
  • The Free People of these United States have spoken, and consigned these wicked demagogues to their proper doom. 
  • The demagogues howled for a battle. 
  • The story of the carriage was told, and he was declared to be a turbulent demagogue, only desirous of getting popularity. 

(Definition of “demagogue” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“demagogue” in American English

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demagoguenoun [ C ]

us /ˈdem·əˌɡɑɡ/ disapproving

a person, esp. a political leader, who wins support by exciting people’s emotions rather than giving them reasons

(Definition of “demagogue” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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