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demi-

pref.
1. Half: demirelief.
2. To some degree; part; partly: demigod.

[Middle English demi, a half of a measure or unit, from Old French, from Medieval Latin dīmedius, from Latin dīmidius, divided in half : dis-, dis- + medius, half; see medium.]

demi-

prefix
1. half: demirelief. Compare hemi-, semi-1
2. of less than full size, status, or rank: demigod.
[via French from Medieval Latin dīmedius, from Latin dīmīdius half, from dis- apart + medius middle]

demi-

a combining form appearing in loanwords from French meaning “half” (demilune), “lesser” (demitasse), or sometimes used with a pejorative sense (demimonde); on this model, also prefixed to words of English origin (demigod).
[< French, comb. form representing demi < Vulgar Latin *dīmedius, for Latin dīmidius half =dī- di-2 + medius middle]
References in classic literature ?
You face the insinuations of the Pelagians and the demi- Peligians.
She had kicked Willis, 43, out of the main house after she found out about his fling with Demi- lookalike Michelle Hoyt, 24, a receptionist at his film company offices in Idaho.
The Silent Chef is an upscale ingredient manufacturer specializing in Demi- Glaces, Compound Butters, Rendered Fats, Stocks, and fully prepared meats.