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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Demagogue  \Dem"a*gogue\  (?;  115),  n.  [Gr.  dhmagwgo`s  a  popular 
  leader;  commonly  in  a  bad  sense  a  leader  of  the  mob;  dh^mos 
  the  people  +  'agwgo`s  leading,  fr  'a`gein  to  lead;  akin  to 
  E.  act:  cf  F.  d['e]magogue.] 
  A  leader  of  the  rabble;  one  who  attempts  to  control  the 
  multitude  by  specious  or  deceitful  arts;  an  unprincipled  and 
  factious  mob  orator  or  political  leader. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  demagogue 
  n  :  an  orator  who  appeals  to  the  passions  and  prejudices  of  his 
  audience  [syn:  {demagog},  {rabble-rouser}] 




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