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demotic (not comparable)
- Of or for the common people.
2014 March 1, Rupert Christiansen, “English translations rarely sing”, The Daily Telegraph (Review), page R19:
- Anything grandiose or historically based tends to sound flat and banal when it reaches English, partly because translators get stuck between contradictory imperatives: juggling fidelity to the original sense with what is vocally viable, they tend to resort to a genteel fustian which lacks either poetic resonance or demotic realism, adding to a sense of artificiality rather than enhancing credibility.
- Of, relating to, or written in the vulgar form of ancient Egyptian hieratic writing.
- demotic script is a simplified, cursive form of hieroglyphs used in ancient Egypt.
- Of, relating to, or written in the form of modern vernacular Greek.
- demotic Greek
- (of the vulgar form of hieratic writing): enchorial
of or for the common people
Egyptian hieratic writing
written modern Greek
demotic (plural demotics)
- (linguistics) Language as spoken or written by the common people.