demonize 1821, "to make into a demon" (literally or figuratively), from M.L. daemonizare, from L. daemon (see DEMON (Cf. demon)). Gk. daimonizesthai meant "to be possessed by a demon." Related: Demonized; demonizing.

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  • demonize — [dē′mənīz΄] vt. demonized, demonizing 1. a) to make into a demon b) to characterize or conceive of as evil, cruel, inhuman, etc. [to demonize a political opponent] 2. to bring under the influence of demons demonization n …   English World dictionary

  • Demonize — De mon*ize, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Demonized}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Demonizing}.] [Cf. LL. daemonizare to be possessed by a demon, Gr. ?.] 1. To convert into a demon; to infuse the principles or fury of a demon into. [1913 Webster] 2. To control or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • demonize — (Amer.) de·mon·ize || diːmÉ™naɪz v. make into a demon, transform into a devil; attribute devilish characteristics to someone (also demonise) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • demonize — (also demonise) ► VERB ▪ portray as wicked and threatening. DERIVATIVES demonization noun …   English terms dictionary

  • demonize — [[t]di͟ːmənaɪz[/t]] demonizes, demonizing, demonized VERB If people demonize someone, they convince themselves that that person is evil. [V n] Each side began to demonize the other. (in BRIT, also use demonise) …   English dictionary

  • demonize — UK [ˈdiːmənaɪz] / US [ˈdɪməˌnaɪz] verb [transitive] Word forms demonize : present tense I/you/we/they demonize he/she/it demonizes present participle demonizing past tense demonized past participle demonized to describe someone or something as… …   English dictionary

  • demonize — transitive verb see demon …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • demonize — demonization, n. /dee meuh nuyz /, v.t., demonized, demonizing. 1. to turn into a demon or make demonlike. 2. to subject to the influence of demons. Also, esp. Brit., demonise. [1815 25; < ML daemonizare, equiv. to LL daemon DEMON + izare IZE] *… …   Universalium

  • demonize — verb a) To turn into a demon. b) To describe or represent as evil or diabolic …   Wiktionary

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