from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To turn into or as if into a demon.
- transitive v. To possess by or as if by a demon.
- transitive v. To represent as evil or diabolic: wartime propaganda that demonizes the enemy.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To turn into a demon.
- v. To describe or represent as evil or diabolic.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To convert into a demon; to infuse the principles or fury of a demon into.
- transitive v. To control or possess by a demon.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To subject to the influence of demons; make like a demon; render demoniacal or diabolical.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. make into a demon
Davis discounted the effectiveness of Democrats trying to "demonize" their opponents by using the "choice" argument in a broad spectrum of races.
RNC chair Michael Steele took to the airwaves on Tuesday to demand that the Obama administration not "demonize" and "demagogue" the financial sector, lest it ice a major engine of job creation in this country.
And, as no doubt Jamie Dimon (the articulate and very well connected head of JP Morgan Chase) already told Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner over the weekend, if we "demonize" our big banks in this fashion, it will undermine our economic recovery and could weaken financial stability around the world.
In the letter, which has no names attached to it, the authors praise Pelosi as a "historic figure in our great nation" but warn that Republicans will continue to "demonize" her and scare off potential Democratic candidates.
Chamber of Commerce President Thomas Donohue fumed that the attack was an attempt to "demonize" the 100-year-old trade association.
Carl Bernstein's book quotes Sen. Bill Bradley that Hillary Clinton told him she planned to "demonize" anyone in Congress who opposed her healthcare plan.
She told both Bill Bradley and Patrick Moynihan, key votes needed to pass her legislation, that she would 'demonize' anyone who opposed it.
She told those who wanted to make amendments to her plan that she would "demonize" those who were not with her.
No, Hillary responded icily, there would be no changes because delay or not, the White House would 'demonize' members of Congress and the medical establishment who would use the interim to alter the administration's plan or otherwise stand in its way ....
She said while she was reporting in Iran, many citizens and protestors feared her coverage would "demonize" them as terrorists.