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1. A powerful creative force or personality.
2. A public magistrate in some ancient Greek states.
3. Demiurge A deity in Gnosticism, Manichaeism, and other religions who creates the material world and is often viewed as the originator of evil.
4. Demiurge A Platonic deity who orders or fashions the material world out of chaos.

[Late Latin dēmiurgus, from Greek dēmiourgos, artisan : dēmios, public (from dēmos, people; see dā- in Indo-European roots) + ergos, worker (from ergon, work; see werg- in Indo-European roots).]

dem′i·ur′geous (-ûr′jəs), dem′i·ur′gic (-jĭk), dem′i·ur′gi·cal (-jĭ-kəl) adj.
dem′i·ur′gi·cal·ly adv.
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(ˈdɛmɪˌɜːdʒ; ˈdiː-) or


1. (Philosophy)
a. (in the philosophy of Plato) the creator of the universe
b. (in Gnostic and some other philosophies) the creator of the universe, supernatural but subordinate to the Supreme Being
2. (Law) (in ancient Greece) a magistrate with varying powers found in any of several states
[C17: from Church Latin dēmiūrgus, from Greek dēmiourgos skilled workman, literally: one who works for the people, from dēmos people + ergon work]
ˌdemiˈurgeous, ˌdemiˈurgic, ˌdemiˈurgical adj
ˌdemiˈurgically adv
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(ˈdɛm iˌɜrdʒ)

a. (in Platonism) the artificer of the world.
b. (in Gnostic and other systems) a subordinate supernatural being who created the world and is regarded as the creator of evil.
2. (in ancient Greece) a public official or magistrate.
[1590–1600; < Greek dēmiourgós artisan, public official =dḗmio(s) of the people (derivative of dêmos the people) + -orgos, akin to érgon work]
dem`i•ur′gi•cal•ly, adv.
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Noun1.demiurge - a subordinate deity, in some philosophies the creator of the universe
deity, divinity, god, immortal - any supernatural being worshipped as controlling some part of the world or some aspect of life or who is the personification of a force
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The agent of creation is not the singular God described in section one, but a plural body of creators: "Entonces pronunciaron la palabra" (24), representing a creation by demiurges. The separation from the supreme divinity that creation sets into play is emphasized in a series of metaphors: captivity on earth, "La jaula del gran dia abrio sus puertas al delirio del sol / con tal que todo nuevo cautiverio del tiempo fuera deslumbramiento en la mirada" (36-37); terminal, irremediable abandonment, "unas alas que vienen y se van en un vuelo de adios a todos los adioses" (43); and descent to separation, "y el alma descendio al barro luminoso para colmar la forma semejante a su imagen" (47).
used the media to enrich themselves" but "now act as demiurges ...
Une idole africaine, un dieu azteque, une venus precolombienne, des dessins rupestres etc., parcourent donc l'Histoire millenaire de l'Homme dans l'anonymat et disent merveilleusement le geste immortel des artistes demiurges.
Others may look it up and learn that a demiurge, in some pre-Christian cosmologies, was a kind of subordinate divinity Context is crucial, and the philosophers who speculated about demiurges were the heirs of polytheists.
Jeffrey Winkle received his PhD from Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois, USA) with a dissertation entitled Daemons, Demiurges, and Dualism: Apuleius' Metamorphoses and the mysticism of late antiquity.
According to the Gnostics angels, together with eons and demiurges, are intermediaries between God and human beings.
In an era such as ours, which no longer idealizes its artists as shamans or demiurges with visions thought to be spiritually redemptive, it is perhaps not surprising that alienation and transgression are no longer qualities attributed even to those who quite clearly operate apart from, and indifferent to, canonical codes, conventions, and frameworks.
But if the SPLM comes back to its senses and decided to cooperate with the NCP and stop throwing dust into the air where the demiurges of NCP are well known for being good seers and movers in the dust, then the SPLM-DC will be very happy to have a tripartite joint venture of implementing the CPA fully to its destiny.
Authors can act like deities in their pages, but once they sell the film rights, they're impotent demiurges.
Retrospectively evaluating Kesey's radical social experiment, one commentator compares him to other heroic prophets or "demiurges" of social philosophy like Plato, Rousseau, and Marx, all of whom not only created "grandiose visions of alternative social realities" but "actively sought to shape the political world in closer conformity to their vision [...] " (Zashin 202).
From His abode above emanated 365 subordinate heavens, and a plethora of lesser divinities, or demiurges, seven per heaven, more inferior the closer they come to our own world; the Lord of the lowest heaven, who founded the earth and created all of us is the Hebrew God, or Abraxas, leader of the most debased class of angels.