A leader who obtains power by means of impassioned appeals to the emotions and prejudices of the populace.


A leader of the common people in ancient times.


A rabble-rouser.

Note that in modern usage the word is derogatory (negative).
Bill Clinton - The ultimate demagogue. Scandals of the Clinton Administration - sex, murder, illegal campaign funds, white water.
by KeeperReal! October 17, 2010
Top Definition
A leader who uses a number of underhanded political techniques in order to gain power, including: warmongering, fear, censorship, propaganda, nationalism, xenophobia, hateful rhetoric, false logic, and blatant lies. Uses the blind, patriotic support of the people to institute a corrupt and oppressive government.
Some famous historical demagogues include Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, and Bush, Jr.
by W@tcher January 13, 2006
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