American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of or relating to the common people; popular: demotic speech; demotic entertainments.
- adj. Of, relating to, or written in the simplified form of ancient Egyptian hieratic writing.
- adj. Of or relating to a form of modern Greek based on colloquial use.
- n. Demotic Greek.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Popular; pertaining to the common people: specifically applied to a certain mode of writing used in Egypt for epistolary and business purposes from about the seventh century b. c., as distinguished from the hieratic and hieroglyphic. Also called enchorial.
- Pertaining to a people developed beyond the tribal stage and including individuals of various kindreds or nationalities.
- adj. Of or for the common people.
- adj. Of, relating to, or written in the vulgar form of ancient Egyptian hieratic writing.
- adj. Of, relating to, or written in the form of modern vernacular Greek.
- n. linguistics Language as spoken by the common people.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Of or pertaining to the people; popular; common.
- n. a simplified cursive form of ancient hieratic script
- adj. of or written in or belonging to the form of modern Greek based on colloquial use
- n. the modern Greek vernacular
- adj. of or for the common people
- First attested in 1822, from Ancient Greek δημοτικός (demotikos, "common"), from δημότης (demotes, "commoner"), from δῆμος (demos, "the common people"). (Wiktionary)
- Greek dēmotikos, from dēmotēs, a commoner, from dēmos, people; see dā- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Depictions of women in demotic song largely reflected the harshness of rural life and the specific predicament of women within its social and economic structure.”
“Perhaps the richest insights into the predominantly rural social environment of pre-revolutionary Greece are contained in demotic verse, much of which was composed, sung, and transmitted to subsequent generations by women.”
“Recurrent scenarios in demotic songs convey the repressive behavioural codes governing gender relations, the trauma of forced/arranged marriages, as well as the abduction of women by obsessed admirers.”
“11The female warrior figure in demotic verse has a longer tradition, however, and can be traced to female warriors in ancient and Byzantine Greek myth.”
“In the late period an even more cursive writing came into use, called demotic, or popular writing.”
“In the 8th century there was a further abridgment of the hieratic writing, which was called the demotic, or people's writing, and was used in commerce.”
“The same words on the stone were repeated in Egyptian hieroglyphics, in a cursive form of hieroglyphics called "demotic," and in Greek.”
“It's also the language which gives Davies away here: not just the use of the second person, but also the word "demotic", which doesn't mean what Davies thinks it means.”
“Every book is in Eileen’s loose hand, one that doesn’t go for prettiness, but instead depends on speed and a kind of demotic script, generic, loose, easygoing—just about the opposite of what a book handwritten by me would look like.”
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