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WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

adj
1: of or written in or belonging to the form of modern Greek based on colloquial use
2: of or for the common people; "demotic entertainments"; "demotic speech"; "a poet with a keen ear for demotic rhythms" n
1: a simplified cursive form of the ancient hieratic script; "Demotic script was eventually replaced by Greek" [syn: Demotic, Demotic script]
2: the modern Greek vernacular [syn: Romaic, Demotic]

Merriam Webster's

adjective Etymology: Greek d?motikos, from d?mot?s commoner, from d?mos Date: 1822 1. of, relating to, or written in a simplified form of the ancient Egyptian hieratic writing 2. popular, common <demotic idiom> 3. of or relating to the form of Modern Greek that is based on everyday speech

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. & adj. --n. 1 the popular colloquial form of a language. 2 a popular simplified form of ancient Egyptian writing (cf. HIERATIC). --adj. 1 (esp. of language) popular, colloquial, or vulgar. 2 of or concerning the ancient Egyptian or modern Greek demotic. Etymology: Gk demotikos f. demotes one of the people (demos)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

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. 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; -- called also epistolographic character, and enchorial character. See Enchorial.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

1. Demotic language is the type of informal language used by ordinary people. (FORMAL) ...television's demotic style of language. = colloquial ADJ 2. Demotic is used to describe something or someone that is typical of ordinary people. (FORMAL) ...demotic entertainments such as TV soap operas. = popular ADJ: usu ADJ n



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