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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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The effort is probably wasted at best, and dangerously misleading at worst: "His creation is a simultaneous blending of the traditional Victorian and Romantic English mode and the traditional African form - exhibiting as it does a rich flavour of both abstruse and demotic English diction on the one hand and idiomatic expression from oral poetry and the African song on the other hand.
After the introductory chapter (Sanders, "Margins of Writing, Origins of Cultures"), the first panel includes articles by John Kelly ("Writing and the State: China, India, and General Definitions"), Gonzalo Rubio ("Writing in Another Tongue: Alloglottography in the Ancient Near East"), and Jacco Dieleman ("Abundance in the Margins: Multiplicity of Script in the Demotic Magical Papyri"), with a response by Jerrold Cooper.
He, of course, would say that this is conversational and demotic.
The image world they purvey is, from the perspective of style writers or the curators of "Fashioning Fiction," the demotic, populist, "antiestablishment" stratum that has "democratized" and invigorated both fashion and style.
I, also, believe that he was known as 'Tiger' Poole, because of his fluent mastery of demotic English, which, I am told, made him much respected.
The wide variety of subjects covered by this volume indicates Harry Smith's breadth of interest, from field archaeology to the translation of demotic papyri.
The critic is good on Viziinos's verse in the demotic tongue (unit 2) and his colorful characters (unit 6), where his unforgettable hero Moskov Selim (from the novella that bears his name) plus a plethora of run-of-the-mill rural and urban types - many from the author's village in Thrace - are profoundly analyzed and their realism commented on.
Separate sections are devoted to the novels of Will Self and Graham Swift, discussing such matters as demotic English in Self's The Book of Dave and towards quietism in Swift's Shuttlecock.
The foundation of the Aramaean settlement at Syene is more difficult to date, but based on information especially from the Papyrus Amherst 63 (the unique Aramaic text in Demotic script) Porten finds their origins to have been Arash/Rash (a land between Babylonia and Elam), as well as southern Syria (Bit Agusi and Hamath), with a migration to Samaria in the days of Assurbanipal before they came to Egypt.
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