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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.


(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


(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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Therefore, Williams argues that the diverse sources cannot be easily reduced to a "value reversal" or inverse exegesis and proposes new approaches or models, e.g., the notion of a Biblical Demiurgical as "typology for organizing several religious innovations and new religious movements" (King, 2003, p.
By this thinking, ,,dialectical negation is existential, it operates in things, marking the death process as well as the birth process, it has a demiurgical function" (Botezatu 1973).
(13) Here was an existential drama--a drama of a presence that risks not being into the world [esserci nel mondo] and that, for the sake of being in some way [esserci in qualche modo], redeems itself through the mythical articulation of an emerging chaos and the restorative and rectifying powers of demiurgical action--that corresponded precisely to the drama studied in my II mondo magico, (14) This drama, however, manifested itself with ever-increasing obviousness as the drama of beings rejected by "history," kept supine in a condition of radical alienation, humiliated by a world that is not "theirs." Hour by hour, day by day, and down through the ages and generations, they have accumulated the pain of this humiliation.
Book, share one psychic mind and they can be seen as physical appearances of one demiurgical being.