demotic

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Etymology[edit]

First attested in 1822, from Ancient Greek δημοτικός (demotikos, common), from δημότης (demotes, commoner), from δῆμος (demos, the common people).

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demotic (not comparable)

  1. Of or for the common people.
  2. 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.
  3. Of, relating to, or written in the form of modern vernacular Greek.
    demotic Greek

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  • (of the vulgar form of hieratic writing): enchorial

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Noun[edit]

demotic (plural demotics)

  1. (linguistics) Language as spoken or written by the common people.
    • 2010, John C. Wells, accents map
      Note the intrusion into British demotic (“me and Cheryl were having”) of the valley-girl quotative be, like.

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