The word of the day comes from SPRING by Ali Smith.

DEMAGOGUE [ˈdɛməɡɒɡ]

NOUN a political leader who seeks support by appealing to the desires and prejudices of ordinary people rather than by using rational argument."a gifted demagogue with particular skill in manipulating the press"

synonyms:rabble-rouser · political agitator · agitator · soapbox orator · firebrand · [more]

VERB US rhetorically exploit (an issue) for political purposes in a way calculated to appeal to the desires and prejudices of ordinary people."he seems more interested in demagoguing the issue in media interviews than in dialogue" · "they routinely leap to conclusions that are not supported by any evidence and start demagoguing and fearmongering"

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