[ dem-uh-gog ]
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Part of Speech noun
Origin + Etymology
Mid 17th century; Greek from Greek dēmagōgos, from dēmos ‘the people’ + agōgos ‘leading’ (from agein ‘to lead’)
  • agitator
  • rabble-rouser
  • firebrand
  • uniter
  • reconciler
  • peacemaker
a political leader who seeks support by appealing to the desires and prejudices of ordinary people rather than by using rational argument
A) He was a manipulative demagogue in the way that he could sway the press. B) The enthusiastic demagogue ultimately became a tyrant.
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