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Demonizing Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Demonize \De"mon*ize\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Demonized; p. pr. & vb. n. Demonizing.] [Cf. LL. daemonizare to be possessed by a demon, Gr. ?.]
  1. To convert into a demon; to infuse the principles or fury of a demon into.
  2. To control or possess by a demon.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Demonizing'


Demonization is the reinterpretation of polytheistic deities as evil, lying demons by other religions, generally monotheistic and henotheistic ones. The term has since been expanded to refer to any characterization of individuals, groups, or political bodies as evil.

Rather than denying the existence of the other religion's pantheon entirely, the proselytizer says instead that they are not gods worthy of worship but demons trying to deceive their followers. Demonization is most closely associated with Christian missionaries trying to convert pagans, though Judaism, Islam, and other religions have had similar practices.

Many religions, including Islam, Judaism, and Christianity have been demonized, both by elements within their religions and outside. At the extreme, demonizing religion has led to religious violence and wars.

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  • Kanye West decries demonizing over wheelchair affair: 'Pick a new target'
    Kanye West and Kim Kardashian are blaming the media for sensationalizing events at a recent concert where the rapper singled out a wheelchair-bound audience member who didn’t heed his call to stand up. But one Canadian advocate for paraplegics says West should change his behaviour and be more of a role model. Read more on this news related to 'Demonizing'
  • Kanye West Defends Himself in the Wake of 'Wheelchair-Gate'
    "All this demonizing, it ain't goin' work," he declared at his concert on Monday Read more on this news related to 'Demonizing'
  • Carson: Stop 'demonizing' Rice
    The conservative activist says not to "jump on the bandwagon of demonizing this guy." Read more on this news related to 'Demonizing'

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