demotic


demotic
demotic 1822, from Gk. demotikos "of or for the common people, in common use," from demos "common people," originally "district," from PIE *da-mo- "division," from root *da- "to divide" (see TIDE (Cf. tide)). In contrast to HIERATIC (Cf. hieratic). Originally of the simpler of two forms of ancient Egyptian writing; broader sense is from 1831; used of Greek since 1927.

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  • Demotic — De*mot ic, a. [Gr. dhmotiko s, fr. dh^mos the people: cf. F. d[ e]motique.] Of or pertaining to the people; popular; common. [1913 Webster] {Demotic alphabet} or {Demotic character}, a form of writing used in Egypt after six or seven centuries… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Demotic — (Greek for of the people or folkish ) may refer to: Demotic Greek, a variety of the Greek language Demotic (Egyptian), a script and stage of the Egyptian language This disambiguation page lists articles associated with the same title. If an …   Wikipedia

  • demotic — ► ADJECTIVE 1) (of language) used by ordinary people; colloquial. 2) relating to demotic Greek. ► NOUN 1) the form of modern Greek used in everyday speech and writing. 2) demotic language. ORIGIN Greek d motikos, from d …   English terms dictionary

  • demotic — demótic adj. m., pl. demótici; f. sg. demótică, pl. demótice Trimis de siveco, 10.08.2004. Sursa: Dicţionar ortografic  DEMÓTIC, Ă adj. Scriere demotică = denumire dată scrierii egiptene cursive populare. [< fr …   Dicționar Român

  • demotic — [dē mät′ik] adj. [ML demoticus < Gr dēmotikos < dēmotes, one of the people < dēmos: see DEMOCRACY] 1. a) of the people; popular; specif., VERNACULAR (sense 2) b) in or of idiomatic, colloquial, everyday language [a novelist with a good… …   English World dictionary

  • demotic — [[t]dɪmɒ̱tɪk[/t]] 1) ADJ Demotic language is the type of informal language used by ordinary people. [FORMAL] ...television s demotic style of language. Syn: colloquial 2) ADJ: usu ADJ n Demotic is used to describe something or someone that is… …   English dictionary

  • demotic — 1. adjective a) Of or for the common people. demotic script is a simplified, cursive form of hieroglyphs used in ancient egypt. b) Of, relating to, or written in the vulgar form of ancient Egyptian hieratic writing. demotic Greek …   Wiktionary

  • demotic — /di mot ik/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to the ordinary, everyday, current form of a language; vernacular: a poet with a keen ear for demotic rhythms. 2. of or pertaining to the common people; popular. 3. of, pertaining to, or noting the simplified …   Universalium

  • demotic — adjective Etymology: Greek dēmotikos, from dēmotēs commoner, from dēmos Date: 1822 1. of, relating to, or written in a simplified form of the ancient Egyptian hieratic writing 2. popular, common < demotic idiom > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Demotic —     A cursive script developed from business Hieratic and introduced towards the end of the seventh century BC, demotic also had a distinctive grammar and new vocabulary. Mainly used for legal and administrative documents but also for some… …   Ancient Egypt


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