ochlagogue

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From Ancient Greek ὀχλαγωγός (okhlagōgós), from ὄχλος (ókhlos, mob) + ἀγωγός (agōgós, leading, guiding)

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ochlagogue (plural ochlagogues)

  1. (rare) A manipulator of a mob who holds sway by use of inflammatory rhetoric, casting opprobrium, and by appeal to the lowest common denominator generally; an extreme and wholly unscrupulous demagogue; one who practises ochlagogy.
    • 1931: Mark Lemon, Henry Mayhew, Tom Taylor, Shirley Brooks, Francis Cowley Burnand, and Owen Seaman, Punch, page 310 (Punch Publications Ltd.)
      Ochlagogue! What a name for an Irish horse! EVOK.

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