American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A leader who obtains power by means of impassioned appeals to the emotions and prejudices of the populace.
- n. A leader of the common people in ancient times.
- v. Usage Problem To speak about (an issue, for example) in the manner of a demagogue.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Historically, a leader of the people; a person who sways the people by oratory or persuasion.
- n. An unprincipled popular orator or leader; one who endeavors to curry favor with the people or some particular portion of them by pandering to their prejudices or wishes, or by playing on their ignorance or passions; specifically, an unprincipled political agitator; one who seeks to obtain political power or the furtherance of some sinister purpose by pandering to the ignorance or prejudice of the populace.
- n. historical A leader of the people.
- n. pejorative An orator or leader who gains favor by pandering to or exciting the passions and prejudices of the audience.
- v. To speak or act in the manner of a demagogue; to speak about (an issue) in the manner of a demagogue.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. 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.
- n. a political leader who seeks support by appealing to popular passions and prejudices
- From Ancient Greek δημαγωγός (demagogos, "popular leader, mob leader"), from δῆμος (demos, "people") + ἀγωγός (agogos, "guide"). (Wiktionary)
- Greek dēmagōgos, popular leader : dēmos, people; see dā- in Indo-European roots + agōgos, leading (from agein, to lead; see ag- in Indo-European roots). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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