Demotic Definition


Of the people; popular; specif., vernacular.

Webster's New World
In or of idiomatic, colloquial, everyday language.
A novelist with a good ear for demotic dialogue.
Webster's New World
Designating or of a simplified system of ancient Egyptian writing.
Webster's New World
Of or relating to a form of modern Greek based on colloquial use.
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Webster's New World
Demotic Greek.
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Everyday language; the way real people speak.
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  • Demotic script
  • romaic

Origin of Demotic

  • First attested in 1822, from Ancient Greek δημοτικός (demotikos, “common”), from δημότης (demotes, “commoner”), from δῆμος (demos, “the common people”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Greek dēmotikos from dēmotēs a commoner from dēmos people dā- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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