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demonize Syllabification: de·mon·ize
Pronunciation: /ˈdēməˌnīz/

Definition of demonize in English:


[with object]
Portray as wicked and threatening: seeking to demonize one side in the conflict
More example sentences
  • If we persist in demonising young people - portraying them as trouble-makers who need to be kept off our streets - we shouldn't be surprised if some of them, at least, turn out to be demons.
  • Otherwise, we are doing just what we accuse the ‘other’ side of doing: demonizing the ‘enemy.’
  • And of course you expect the other side to try to demonize him.


Pronunciation: /ˌdēmənəˈzāSH(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • I know I'll be backed into some argument where fierce partisans insist that if I don't share their wildly unreasonable demonization of the other side I must be… one of them!
  • We reject the demonization of perceived enemies, which only paves the way to abuse.
  • But it's easy to slide from that kind of inquisitive, imaginative investigation of the past to an idealization of the past and a demonization of the present.
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