demagogic demagogic  /ˌdɛ mə ˈɡɑ dʒɪk/

Definition(s):

  • (adj) characteristic of or resembling a demagogue

Derived Word(s)

Usage(s):

  1. The candidate himself has not used race in a demagogic way, as George Wallace did in 1968.
  2. There have been times when Democrats have run demagogic scare campaigns on issues like Social Security and Medicare.
  3. This lack of consensus plays into the hands of demagogic politicians.

News

  • How Adults Make Budgets

    There was no false drama, no demagogic theatrics, no pandering to the galleries. Instead, the new city budget—the last one that will bear Michael Bloomberg’s signature—was sealed with a handshake between the mayor and Council Speaker Christine Quinn. The new budget essentially keeps spending flat at about $70 billion and includes no tax hikes. That’s what happens when government is in the hands ...
    on June 26, 2013     Source: The New York Observer

Quotes

  1. "His rhetoric is totally acceptable in my judgment," said former Mayor Ed Koch, who once called Sharpton "Al Charlatan" and has had him arrested. "I haven't read a single statement on his part that is demagogic. I think he's conducted himself...
    on Nov 28, 2006 By: Ed Koch Source: Forbes

  2. They're too busy lining up to see Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 (about which even the leftist Christopher Hitchens wrote "To describe this film as dishonest and demagogic would almost be to promote those terms to the level of respectability").
    on Jun 28, 2004 By: Christopher Hitchens Source: GOPUSA

  3. "The French almost wanted to hear a more demagogic president," said Jean-Francois Doridot, head of IPSOS. "He cannot stay motionless. He has to be seen to act. If people think he is not doing anything, he won't stand a chance."
    on Feb 13, 2009 By: Jean-Baptiste Colbert Source: TVNZ

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