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Demagogue definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

DEMAGOGUE, n. Demagog. [Gr. The populas, and to lead.]
1. A leader of the people; an orator who pleases the populace and influences them to adhere to him.
2. Any leader of the populace; any factious man who has great influence with the great body of people in a city or community.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: a political leader who seeks support by appealing to popular passions and prejudices [syn: demagogue, demagog, rabble-rouser]

Merriam Webster's

I. noun also demagog Etymology: Greek d?mag?gos, from d?mos people (perhaps akin to Greek daiesthai to divide) + ag?gos leading, from agein to lead more at tide, agent Date: 1648 1. a leader who makes use of popular prejudices and false claims and promises in order to gain power 2. a leader championing the cause of the common people in ancient times demagoguery noun demagogy noun II. verb also demagog (-gogued; also -goged; -goguing; also -goging) Date: 1656 intransitive verb to behave like a demagogue transitive verb to treat (as an issue) in a demagogic manner

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. (US -gog) 1 a political agitator appealing to the basest instincts of a mob. 2 hist. a leader of the people, esp. in ancient times. Derivatives: demagogic adj. demagoguery n. demagogy n. Etymology: Gk demagogos f. demos the people + agogos leading

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Demagogue Dem"a*gogue (?; 115), n. [Gr. dhmagwgo`s a popular leader; commonly in a bad sense, a leader of the mob; dh^mos the people + 'agwgo`s leading, fr. 'a`gein to lead; akin to E. act: cf. F. d['e]magogue.] A leader of the rabble; one who attempts to control the multitude by specious or deceitful arts; an unprincipled and factious mob orator or political leader.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(demagogues) Note: in AM, also use 'demagog' If you say that someone such as a politician is a demagogue you are criticizing them because you think they try to win people's support by appealing to their emotions rather than using reasonable arguments. N-COUNT: oft adj N [disapproval]

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. Ringleader of the populace, factious leader, popular agitator.

Foolish Dictionary

From Grk. demos, people, and Eng. gag. One who gags the people.

Moby Thesaurus

agent provocateur, agitator, agitprop, catalyst, debate, debater, declaim, declaimer, elocute, exciter, firebrand, fomenter, harangue, haranguer, hold forth, hothead, incendiary, inciter, inflamer, instigator, jawsmith, mischief-maker, mouth, orate, out-herod Herod, panelist, perorate, provocateur, provoker, public speaker, rabble-rouse, rabble-rouser, rant, ranter, read, recite, ringleader, rodomontade, rouser, seditionary, seditionist, speaker, speecher, speechifier, speechmaker, spiel, spieler, spokesman, spokeswoman, spout, spouter, talker, troublemaker, tub-thump, tub-thumper, urger

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