Definición de demagogue en inglés:

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Pronunciación: /ˈdeməˌɡäɡ/


1A political leader who seeks support by appealing to popular desires and prejudices rather than by using rational argument.
Oraciones de ejemplo
  • In an attempt to divert the resulting social unrest, Stalinist bureaucrats and communalist demagogues fomented nationalist sentiments while seeking patrons among the major powers.
  • But that a fascist demagogue could receive considerable support among workers is cause for great concern.
  • A return to national self-determination, he believes, would take the feet from under the new nationalist demagogues and bolster democratic politics in the historic nations of Europe.
rabble-rouser, agitator, political agitator, soapbox orator, firebrand, fomenter, provocateur
1.1(In ancient Greece and Rome) a leader or orator who espoused the cause of the common people.
Oraciones de ejemplo
  • The masses were, in brief, shortsighted, selfish and fickle, an easy prey to unscrupulous orators who came to be known as demagogues.
  • The fear was that a charismatic leader could use the office of tribune, with its base of power in the common citizen, to become a demagogue.
  • School children are taught that democracy in ancient Greece failed because demagogues whipped up mobs.



Pronunciación: /ˌdeməˈɡäjik/
Pronunciación: /ˌdeməˈɡäɡik/
Oraciones de ejemplo
  • Scapegoats have been created in a demagogic and provocative fashion in order to justify the strengthening of existing laws.
  • Overall, this stance of ‘solve X and Y before you tackle Z’ comes across to me as mere demagogic rhetoric, the end result of which will be that X, Y, and Z will remain unsolved.
  • To describe this film as dishonest and demagogic would almost be to promote these terms to the level of respectability.


Pronunciación: /ˈdeməˌɡäɡ(ə)rē/
Oraciones de ejemplo
  • We are against demagoguery, dishonesty, short-sightedness, superstition, fundamentalism, unequal rights, and violent argument.
  • Where such traditions are absent or weak, popular sovereignty easily turns into populist dictatorship, liberal democracy to libertinism and demagoguery.
  • It's also because decades of right-wing demagoguery have succeeded in making the word ‘liberal’ a pejorative term to swing voters.


Pronunciación: /ˈdeməˌɡäjē/
Pronunciación: /ˈdeməˌɡäɡē/
Oraciones de ejemplo
  • The closest we get to your representation of consumer capitalism is the strategy of pattern recognition, but even that is still miles away from your neoliberal demagogy.
  • Paranoia can be fun as a plot device. As national policy, however, it is extraordinarily dangerous, leading to the worst sort of demagogy and extremism.
  • Many cling to this illusion, giving rise to personality cults that eventually lead to demagogy and authoritarianism.


Mid 17th century: from Greek dēmagōgos, from dēmos 'the people' + agōgos 'leading' (from agein 'to lead').

  • democracy from late 16th century:

    The word democracy came directly from French in the mid 16th century, but goes back to Greek dēmokratia, from dēmos ‘the people’ and kratia ‘power, rule’. Demos is also the source of demagogue (mid 17th century) where it is combined with agōgos ‘leading’, and epidemic (early 17th century) which comes from epidēmia ‘the prevalence of disease’ which goes back to epi ‘upon’ and dēmos ‘the people’.

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División en sílabas: dem·a·gogue

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