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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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