demagogue


demagogue
demagogue or demagog [dem′ə gäg΄, dem΄əgôg΄]
n.
[< Gr dēmagōgos, leader of the people < dēmos, the people (see DEMOCRACY) + agōgos, leader < agein, to lead: see ACT1]
1. Obs. a leader of the common people
2. a person who tries to stir up the people by appeals to emotion, prejudice, etc. in order to win them over quickly and so gain power
vi.
demagogued or demagoged, demagoguing or demagoging
to behave as a demagogue

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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