Lizet Elaine (simplyn2deep) wrote in 1_million_words,
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Word of the Day 03/02/15 Demagogue

Demagogue (noun, verb)
demagogue [dem-uh-gog, -gawg]


noun
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.

Origin: 1640-50; < Greek dēmagōgós a leader of the people, popular leader, equivalent to dêm (os) people + agōgós leading, guiding; see -agogue

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