- Platonism.the artificer of the world.
- (in the Gnostic and certain other systems) a supernatural being imagined as creating or fashioning the world in subordination to the Supreme Being, and sometimes regarded as the originator of evil.
- (in many states of ancient Greece) a public official or magistrate.
Origin of demiurge
Examples from the Web for demiurge
It was one of the forms symbolic of the Demiurge or Maker of our universe.Scarabs
The priests of the demiurge have made him known to you in their calumnies.The Revolt of the Angels
The good are those who strive to fulfil the law of the demiurge.History of Dogma, Volume 1 (of 7)
The realm of his influence as a kind of Prometheus, or even as a demiurge, extends very far northwards.Myth, Ritual, and Religion, Vol. 1
Pundjel, the Eagle Hawk, is the demiurge and "culture-hero" of several Australian tribes.Ballades and Verses Vain
- (in the philosophy of Plato) the creator of the universe
- (in Gnostic and some other philosophies) the creator of the universe, supernatural but subordinate to the Supreme Being
- (in ancient Greece) a magistrate with varying powers found in any of several states
Word Origin and History for demiurge
The title of a magistrate in some Peloponnesian city-states and the Achæan League; taken in Platonic philosophy as a name for the maker of the world. In the Gnostic system, "conceived as a being subordinate to the Supreme Being, and sometimes as the author of evil" [OED].