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de·mot·ic

 (dĭ-mŏt′ĭk)
adj.
1. Of or relating to the common people; popular: demotic speech; demotic entertainments.
2. Of, relating to, or written in the simplified form of ancient Egyptian hieratic writing.
3. Demotic Of or relating to a form of modern Greek based on colloquial use.
n.
Demotic Greek.

[Greek dēmotikos, from dēmotēs, a commoner, from dēmos, people; see dā- in Indo-European roots.]

demotic

(dɪˈmɒtɪk)
adj
1. (Sociology) of or relating to the common people; popular
2. (Languages) of or relating to a simplified form of hieroglyphics used in ancient Egypt by the ordinary literate class outside the priesthood. Compare hieratic
n
(Languages) the demotic script of ancient Egypt
[C19: from Greek dēmotikos of the people, from dēmotēs a man of the people, commoner; see demos]
deˈmotist, deˈmoticist n

Demotic

(dɪˈmɒtɪk)
n
(Languages) the spoken form of Modern Greek, now increasingly used in literature. Compare Katharevusa
adj
(Languages) denoting or relating to this

de•mot•ic

(dɪˈmɒt ɪk)

adj.
1. of or pertaining to the current, ordinary, everyday form of a language; vernacular.
2. of or pertaining to the common people; popular.
3. of or pertaining to the simplified form of hieratic writing used in ancient Egypt between 700 B.C. and A.D. 500.
n.
4. demotic script.
5. (often cap.) the Modern Greek vernacular (disting. from Katharevusa).
[1815–25; < Greek dēmotikós popular, plebeian =dēmót(ēs) a plebeian (derivative of dêmos; see demo-) + -ikos -ic]

demotic

1. of or relating to the common people; popular.
2. of, pertaining to, or noting the simplified form of hieratic writing used in ancient Egypt.
3. (cap.) of, belonging to, or connected with modern colloquial Greek. Also called Romaic.
See also: Language
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Demotic - a simplified cursive form of the ancient hieratic script; "Demotic script was eventually replaced by Greek"
hieratic, hieratic script - a cursive form of Egyptian hieroglyphics; used especially by the priests
2.Demotic - the modern Greek vernacular
Modern Greek, New Greek - the Greek language as spoken and written today
Adj.1.Demotic - of or written in or belonging to the form of modern Greek based on colloquial use
2.demotic - of or for the common people; "demotic entertainments"; "demotic speech"; "a poet with a keen ear for demotic rhythms"
common - having no special distinction or quality; widely known or commonly encountered; average or ordinary or usual; "the common man"; "a common sailor"; "the common cold"; "a common nuisance"; "followed common procedure"; "it is common knowledge that she lives alone"; "the common housefly"; "a common brand of soap"

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