From King Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Politics
demagoguedem‧a‧gogue /ˈdeməɡɒɡ $ -ɡɑːɡ/ noun [countable] PPa political leader who tries to make people feel strong emotions in order to influence their opinions – used to show disapprovaldemagogy, demagoguery noun [uncountable]demagogic /ˌdeməˈɡɒɡɪk◂ $ -ˈɡɑː-/ adjective
Examples from the Corpus
demagogueAs divided and unprepared democratic forces fumbled for a plan of action, demagogues would rush forward convincingly promising protection.Instead, much detailed work was done by demagogues.The danger apprehended that quack nostrums in public policy can be forced upon the voters by demagogues is demonstrably nonexistent.The Senator was a gifted demagogue, with particular skill in manipulating press and television.A dwarf bicycled on his hands and a standup comic shouted like a moustachioed demagogue at the furniture.Even in his final months Clinton is unwilling to take on demagogues to his far right.Newcastle is not remembered as a radical demagogue.
Origin demagogue (1600-1700) Greek demagogos, from demos people + agogos leading