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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.
Demotic Greek.

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


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
(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


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


(dɪˈmɒt ɪk)

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.
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]


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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Buried aside the mummies, two papyruses were found written in Demotic, with a gold sheet which to be transferred to the Grand Egyptian Museum for restoration before they are displayed to public.
Barootes's essay on the decline of the power of language through the ages of Arda, this paper will use terms describing phases of language from Northrop Frye's The Great Code--metaphoric, metonymic, demotic, and ricorso--to examine the path of the Ring/evil/power/naming complex through its extended diminution as the Ring moves from mythic-level metaphor, through magic, to degradation and destruction--from Morgoth's Ring of all Arda, through Sauron's Ruling Ring, to Saruman's pale imitation of Sauron, and finally to Gollum's sad struggle for mere subsistence.
High art is no more than an incidental backdrop to low life, to the human condition; photography, by implication, is the very tool for capturing the demotic world.
The conversational and demotic tone of many of the poems comes as a surprise, as in what reads like a rant against those trying to prevent the poet using as much washing up liquid as he wants: 'I could squirt the whole of this bottle straight down the drain if I felt like it, and if my wife says what the heck are you doing, I could just smile at her and carry on' which leads to the conclusion 'Someone really needs to have the authority to intervene and protect me from myself'.
The last chapter in the book, "Conclusion," is disappointing: Marling writes insightfully about the technological changes in actual composition (word processing); the phenomena of entertainment conglomerates swallowing up traditional book publishers; the effect of the Internet and e-books on the reading public; the proliferation of demotic means of selfpublication in blogs and personal webpages; the postmodernist bias of the New York Times, etc.
Drawing on oral theory and neoanalysis, the author examines oral and written features in ancient Egyptian narrative fiction using Demotic script, within the socio-historical context.