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to make objection, esp. on the grounds of scruples; take exception; hesitation
Not to be confused with:
demure – shy; modest; reserved; retiring
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intr.v. de·murred, de·mur·ring, de·murs
1. To voice opposition; object: demurred at the suggestion. See Synonyms at object.
2. Law To enter a demurrer.
3. Archaic To delay.
1. The act of demurring.
2. An objection.
[Middle English demuren, to delay, from Anglo-Norman demurer, from Latin dēmorārī : dē-, de- + morārī, to delay (from mora, delay).]
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vb (intr) , -murs, -murring or -murred
1. to raise objections or show reluctance; object
2. (Law) law to raise an objection by entering a demurrer
3. archaic to hesitate; delay
4. the act of demurring
5. an objection raised
6. archaic hesitation
[C13: from Old French demorer, from Latin dēmorārī to loiter, linger, from morārī to delay, from mora a delay]
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v. -murred, -mur•ring,
1. to make objection, esp. on the grounds of scruples; take exception; object.
2. Law. to respond with a demurrer.
3. Archaic. to linger; hesitate.n.
4. the act of making objection.
5. an objection raised.
[1175–1225; < Old French demorer < Latin dēmorārī to linger, derivative of mora delay]
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demur, demure - Demur is the verb "to object or voice opposition," while demure is the adjective meaning "modest, shy."
See also related terms for shy.
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Past participle: demurred
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|Noun||1.||demur - (law) a formal objection to an opponent's pleadings|
objection - the speech act of objecting
|Verb||1.||demur - take exception to; "he demurred at my suggestion to work on Saturday"|
object - express or raise an objection or protest or criticism or express dissent; "She never objected to the amount of work her boss charged her with"; "When asked to drive the truck, she objected that she did not have a driver's license"
|2.||demur - enter a demurrer|
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
plead - make an allegation in an action or other legal proceeding, especially answer the previous pleading of the other party by denying facts therein stated or by alleging new facts
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without demur → sans hésiter
without demur → sans hésiter
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2. n without demur → senza obiezioni
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