demur

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Anglo-Norman demorer, from Old French demorer (French demeurer), from Vulgar Latin demoro, Latin demorari (to tarry), from de- + morari (to delay).[1]

See alternative etymology in the Anglo-Norman ancestor.

Pronunciation[edit]

Distinguish from pronunciation of demure
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Verb[edit]

demur (third-person singular simple present demurs, present participle demurring, simple past and past participle demurred)

  1. (intransitive, obsolete) To linger; to stay; to tarry
    • (Can we date this quote by Nicols and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      Yet durst not demur nor abide upon the camp.
  2. (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.
    • 1630, John Hayward, The Life and Raigne of King Edward the Sixth
      Vpon this rubbe the English Embassadors thought fit to demurre
  3. (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.
  4. (intransitive, law) To interpose a demurrer.
  5. (transitive, obsolete) To suspend judgment concerning; to doubt of or hesitate about
  6. (transitive, obsolete) To cause delay to; to put off
    • 1634, Francis Quarles, Emblems
      He demands a fee, / And then demurs me with a vain delay.

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Noun[edit]

demur (plural demurs)

  1. Stop; pause; hesitation as to proceeding; suspense of decision or action; scruple.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ demur” Webster's dictionary

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Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

dēmur

  1. first-person plural present passive subjunctive of