Synonyms of demagogue
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agitatorIf you describe someone involved in politics as an agitator, you disapprove of them because of the trouble they cause in organizing campaigns and protests.
• a famous actress who was accused of being a political agitator
troublemakerrevolutionaryinciterfirebrandinstigatordemagoguerabble-rouseragent provocateurstirrer (informal)
firebrandIf you describe someone as a firebrand, especially someone who is very active in politics, you mean that they are always trying to make people take strong action.
• his reputation as a young firebrand
rabble-rouserA rabble-rouser is a clever speaker who can persuade a group of people to behave violently or aggressively, often for the speaker's own political advantage.
• a loud-mouthed rabble-rouser
Thesaurus for demagogue from the Collins English Thesaurus
If you say that someone such as a politician is a demagogue you are criticizing them because you think they try to win people's support by appealing to their emotions rather than using reasonable arguments .