Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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. Language as spoken by the common people.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the people; popular; common.

from The 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.
  • Social.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a simplified cursive form of the 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

Etymologies

Greek dēmotikos, from dēmotēs, a commoner, from dēmos, people; see dā- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
First attested in 1822, from Ancient Greek δημοτικός (demotikos, "common"), from δημότης (demotes, "commoner"), from δῆμος (demos, "the common people"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 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.

    Arms and the Woman: Just Warriors and Greek Feminist Identity

  • 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.

    Arms and the Woman: Just Warriors and Greek Feminist Identity

  • 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.

    Arms and the Woman: Just Warriors and Greek Feminist Identity

  • The word, which means "of, relating to, or written in a simplified form of the ancient Egyptian hieratic writing," is spelled "demotic" - without the "k."

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  • 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.

    Arms and the Woman: Just Warriors and Greek Feminist Identity

  • In the late period an even more cursive writing came into use, called demotic, or “popular” writing.

    b. Economy, Technology, Society, and Culture

  • 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.

    Uarda : a Romance of Ancient Egypt — Volume 04

  • The same words on the stone were repeated in Egyptian hieroglyphics, in a cursive form of hieroglyphics called "demotic," and in Greek.

    Analog Science Fiction and Fact

  • 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.

    Felix Salmon - All posts

  • 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.

    "NEVER ENOUGH!"

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  • Also a language.

    October 9, 2007

  • pertaining to the common people

    October 9, 2007