Word of the Day

The word for today is…

demagogue (noun) – 1. A leader who obtains power by means of impassioned appeals to the emotions and prejudices of the populace.
2. A leader of the common people in ancient times.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : 1640s, from Greek demagogos “popular leader,” also “leader of the mob,” from demos “people” + agogos “leader,” from agein “to lead”. Often a term of disparagement since the time of its first use, in Athens, 5c. B.C.E. Form perhaps influenced by French demagogue (mid-14th century).


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