verb (used with object), de·mon·ized, de·mon·iz·ing.

  1. to turn into a demon or make demonlike.
  2. to subject to the influence of demons.

verb (tr)

  1. to make into or like a demon
  2. to subject to demonic influence
  3. to mark out or describe as evil or culpablethe technique of demonizing the enemy in the run-up to war

1821, “to make into a demon” (literally or figuratively), from Medieval Latin daemonizare, from Latin daemon (see demon). Greek daimonizesthai meant “to be possessed by a demon.” Related: Demonized; demonizing.

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