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- (General American) enPR: dĭmûrʹ, IPA(key): /dɪˈmɝ/
- (Received Pronunciation) enPR: dĭmûrʹ, IPA(key): /dɪˈmɜː/
- Rhymes: -ɜː(ɹ)
- Distinguish from pronunciation of demure
- (intransitive, obsolete) To linger; to stay; to tarry
- Yet durst not demur nor abide upon the camp.
- (intransitive) To delay; to pause; to suspend proceedings or judgment in view of a doubt or difficulty; to hesitate; to put off the determination or conclusion of an affair.
- Upon this rub, the English embassadors thought fit to demur.
- (intransitive) To scruple or object; to take exception; to oppose; to balk
- I demur to that statement.
- The personnel demurred at the management's new scheme.
- (intransitive, law) To interpose a demurrer.
- (transitive, obsolete) To suspend judgment concerning; to doubt of or hesitate about
- The latter I demur, for in their looks / Much reason, and in their actions, oft appears. - John Milton
- (transitive, obsolete) To cause delay to; to put off
- He demands a fee, / And then demurs me with a vain delay.
intransitive: To delay; to pause; to suspend proceedings
demur (plural demurs)
- Stop; pause; hesitation as to proceeding; suspense of decision or action; scruple.
- All my demurs but double his attacks; At last he whispers, ``Do; and we go snacks. - Alexander Pope
- 2004, Richard Fortey, The Earth, Folio Society 2011, p. 132:
- Most geologists today would accept such evidence without demur, but it was still ‘fringe’ science when du Toit was publishing.
hesitation as to proceeding; suspense of decision or action; scruple