Definition of Demotic

1. Noun. A simplified cursive form of the ancient hieratic script. "Demotic script was eventually replaced by Greek"

Exact synonyms: Demotic Script
Generic synonyms: Hieratic, Hieratic Script



2. Adjective. Of or written in or belonging to the form of modern Greek based on colloquial use.

3. Noun. The modern Greek vernacular.
Exact synonyms: Romaic
Generic synonyms: Modern Greek, New Greek
Derivative terms: Romaic

4. Adjective. Of or for the common people. "A poet with a keen ear for demotic rhythms"
Similar to: Common

Definition of Demotic

1. a. Of or pertaining to the people; popular; common.

Definition of Demotic

1. Adjective. Of or for the common people. ¹

2. Adjective. Of, relating to, or written in the vulgar form of ancient Egyptian hieratic writing. ¹

3. Adjective. Of, relating to, or written in the form of modern vernacular Greek. ¹

4. Noun. (linguistics) Language as spoken by the common people. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Demotic

1. pertaining to a simplified form of ancient Egyptian writing [adj]

Medical Definition of Demotic

1. Of or pertaining to the people; popular; common. Demotic alphabet or character, a form of writing used in Egypt after six or seven centuries before Christ, for books, deeds, and other such writings; a simplified form of the hieratic character. Synonym: epistolographic character, and enchorial character. See Enchorial. Origin: Gr, fr. The people: cf. F. Demotique. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Demotic

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demosceners
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demosponges
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demossed
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demote
demoted
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demotic (current term)
demotically
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demoticists
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demotions
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demotivated
demotivates
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demotivation

Literary usage of Demotic

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1. History of Herodotus: A New English Version by Herodotus, George Rawlinson, Henry Creswicke Rawlinson, John Gardner Wilkinson (1862)
"Hieratic and demotic, the two sort« of letters written from right to left. 2. Hieroglyphics. 3. Three kinds of writing. 4. Hieratic. 5. ..."

2. The New International Encyclopædia edited by Daniel Coit Gilman, Harry Thurston Peck, Frank Moore Colby (1903)
"It was only after the demotic had become prevalent that hieratic was reserved for books ... demotic, or popular writing, is a later development of hieratic. ..."

3. Proceedings of the Society of Biblical Archaeology by Society of Biblical Archaeology (1901)
"... of which reading that given in the Stories^ viz., Mer-neb-Ptah, is a mere variation. In the demotic of the Rhind bilingual papyrus the name Men-ka-Ra ..."

4. History of Herodotus: A New English Version by Herodotus, George Rawlinson, Henry Creswicke Rawlinson, John Gardner Wilkinson (1880)
"Hieratic and demotic, the two sorts of letters written from right to left. 2. Hieroglyphics. 3. ... First use of demotic. 8. Of symbolic hieroglyphics : The ..."

5. Handbook of Archæology: Egyptian--Greek--Etruscan--Roman by Hodder Michael Westropp (1878)
"Its temples, palaces, tombs, isolated monuments, present an infinite number of inscriptions in hieroglyphic, hieratic, and demotic characters. ..."

6. Proceedings by Bruce A. Suprenant, James L. Noland, M.P. Schuller, University of Colorado (1901)
"In order to complete the edition of the "Stories of the High f nests of Memphis}'* I intend to publish special glossaries of the two demotic texts, ..."

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