Definition of "demagogue" []

  • A leader who obtains power by means of impassioned appeals to the emotions and prejudices of the populace. (noun)
  • A leader of the common people in ancient times. (noun)
  • Usage Problem To speak about (an issue, for example) in the manner of a demagogue. (verb-transitive)
  • A political agitator who appeals with crude oratory to the prejudice and passions of the mob (noun)

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  • (esp in the ancient world) any popular political leader or orator (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "demagogue" in a sentence
  • "We often use the term demagogue here at Volunteer Hoosier."
  • "What makes you think this demagogue is anything different? edward says:"
  • "What historians have said, they use this term demagogue so freely, I just wondered what you think of that term for Mississippi politicians from"