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(sometimes US), demagog
1. a political agitator who appeals with crude oratory to the prejudice and passions of the mob
2. (esp in the ancient world) any popular political leader or orator



in ancient Greece, particularly in Athens of classical times, a term initially used for politicians of a democratic leaning (Themistocles and Pericles, for example). Gradually the term began to acquire a pejorative connotation among opponents of democracy. It came to refer to activists who sought to earn popularity through false promises, flattery at popular assemblies, and the like. The term has been preserved with this meaning in modern political terminology.

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Trump is among many demagogues who promise to restore a state of primal wholeness, defining this unity of the people against the insidiously divided loyalties of transnational elites.
It is clear that today's demagogues don't much care about what they derisively call "political correctness.
Years have passed, but I remain very skeptical of religious demagogues in our time who use a mixture of religious and political rhetoric to justify their claims for financial or political advancement.
I stopped buying it some time ago as I felt it had become irresponsible by giving a national platform to an opportunist and a demagogue Tommy Sheridan
Some listen and report because they like what the demagogue says, because in their intense partisanship they welcome the aid of any man who will discredit their "foes.
Profligate Roman beauty and sister of the demagogue Publius Clodius Pulcher.
Notable as a demagogue, his ill-considered revolt against Rome led to Roman occupation and direct rule of Greece.
Hamilton Basso's Sun in Capricorn (1942) is a savage attack on a scoundrel and dangerous demagogue not unlike Long.
During the 19th century the Robespierre legend enjoyed a revival among the working classes as a champion of social revolution; others consider him to have been an ambitious demagogue and dictator.
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Filipinos must embrace 'critical thinking' to prevent the rise of a demagogue who can manipulate the public into falsely believing in that person as a 'messiah,' Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen said.
amp;nbsp;"He is a demagogue, who seems to appeal to the lowest common denominator," Hawking told ITV's "Good Morning Britain" program in May.