- in Platonism, a deity or creative force that shaped the material world
- in Gnosticism, a deity subordinate to the supreme deity, sometimes considered the creator of evil
- a ruling force or creative power
Origin of demiurgeClassical Greek d?miourgos, one who works for the people, skilled workman, creator from d?mios, belonging to the people from demos, the people: see democracy) + -ergos, worker (see work)
- A powerful creative force or personality.
- A public magistrate in some ancient Greek states.
- Demiurge A deity in Gnosticism, Manichaeism, and other religions who creates the material world and is often viewed as the originator of evil.
- Demiurge A Platonic deity who orders or fashions the material world out of chaos.
Origin of demiurgeLate Latin dēmiurgus from Greek dēmiourgos artisan dēmios public ( from dēmos people ; see dā- in Indo-European roots.) ergos worker ( from ergon work ; see werg- in Indo-European roots.)
- dem′i·ur′geous dem′i·ur′gic dem′i·ur′gi·cal
- Something (as an institution, idea, or individual) conceived as an autonomous creative force or decisive power.
From Demiurge (proper noun)
From Ancient Greek Δημιουργός (Dēmiourgos).