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demonize (v.)

"to make into a demon" (literally or figuratively), 1778, from demon + -ize or else from Medieval Latin daemonizare. Greek daimonizesthai meant "to be under the power of a tutelary deity," in the New Testament, "to be possessed by a demon." Also demonise. Related: Demonized; demonizing; demonization (1799).

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