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[dem-ee-urj] /ˈdɛm iˌɜrdʒ/
  1. Platonism. the artificer of the world.
  2. (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
1590-1600; < Greek dēmiourgós a worker for the people, skilled worker, equivalent to dḗmio(s) of the people (derivative of dêmos the people) + -ergos a worker, derivative of érgon work, with oe > ou
Related forms
[dem-ee-ur-juh s] /ˌdɛm iˈɜr dʒəs/ (Show IPA),
demiurgic, demiurgical, adjective
demiurgically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for demiurgic
Historical Examples
  • Balzac's characters, to whatever class they belong, bear the royal and passionate stamp of their demiurgic creator.

    Suspended Judgments John Cowper Powys
  • As befits a demiurgic nature, Æschylus conceived and executed upon a stupendous scale.

  • Much that has been described as Asiatic in the genius of Æschylus may be referred to what I have called his demiurgic force.

  • It is he whom an ancient monument represents as the demiurgic principle creating the mundane egg.

    The Ceramic Art Jennie J. Young
  • That the sun was here regarded as symbolizing the intermediate father, or demiurgic creator, cannot be doubted.

    Ophiolatreia Anonymous
  • Such a man is demiurgic, for he puts down a hand on action through the sky.

  • Far beyond all other political powers of Christianity is the demiurgic power of this religion over the kingdoms of human opinion.

    Pearls of Thought Maturin M. Ballou
  • In the cosmogonical myths of the Muyscas this was the home or source of Light, and was a name applied to the demiurgic force.

    American Hero-Myths Daniel G. Brinton
  • Besides, what necessity was there for the mother of the demiurgic creator to have formed him of matter and of an image?

    Plotinos: Complete Works, v. 2 Plotinos (Plotinus)
  • How could this newly formed image (the demiurgic creator) have undertaken to create by memory of the things he knew?

    Plotinos: Complete Works, v. 2 Plotinos (Plotinus)
British Dictionary definitions for demiurgic


/ˈdɛmɪˌɜːdʒ; ˈdiː-/
  1. (in the philosophy of Plato) the creator of the universe
  2. (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
Derived Forms
demiurgeous, demiurgic, demiurgical, adjective
demiurgically, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Church Latin dēmiūrgus, from Greek dēmiourgos skilled workman, literally: one who works for the people, from dēmos people + ergon work
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Word Origin and History for demiurgic



1670s, from Latinized form of Greek demiourgos, literally "public or skilled worker" (from demos "common people;" see demotic + ergos "work;" see urge (v.)).

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].

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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