Definition of demonize in English:


Line breaks: de¦mon|ize
Pronunciation: /ˈdiːmənʌɪz
(also demonise)


[with object]
Portray as wicked and threatening: he was demonized by the right-wing press
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: /-ˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/
More 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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