- to make objection, especially on the grounds of scruples; take exception; object: They wanted to make him the treasurer, but he demurred.
- Law. to interpose a demurrer.
- Archaic. to linger; hesitate.
Origin of demur
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Examples from the Web for demur
The intelligence officers at the bomb scene do not demur from this assessment.After Beirut Bombing of Wissan al-Hassan, a Wary Calm in Lebanon
October 30, 2012
And so it goes again: Democrats claim a knockout, Republicans demur.The Flapdoodle Campaign
October 23, 2012
Should you suggest something inspired or adventurous, many chefs will demur and revert to their been-there, drank-that pairing.The Food Lover’s Guide to Wine: Perfect Pairings
David Lincoln Ross
January 6, 2012
But if another, more prominent name were suggested for the position, Mrs. Clinton may demur.How Obama Wooed Hillary
November 14, 2008
"I'll carry his shoulders," she said, in the voice that admits no demur.Tiverton Tales
The aide—a favourite with his general—had ventured to demur.The Long Roll
I gathered even the calmness to invite her to sit beside me, and she made no demur.John Splendid
Gaston seemed to demur, but Félice overruled him imperiously.The Rose of Old St. Louis
The lawyers have given Peter his money without the least demur.Winsome Winnie and other New Nonsense Novels
- to raise objections or show reluctance; object
- law to raise an objection by entering a demurrer
- archaic to hesitate; delay
- the act of demurring
- an objection raised
- archaic hesitation
Word Origin and History for demur
c.1200, "to linger, tarry, delay," from Old French demorer "delay, retard," from Latin demorari "to linger, loiter, tarry," from de- (see de-) + morari "to delay," from mora "a pause, delay" (see moratorium). Main modern sense of "raise objections" is first attested 1630s. Related: Demurred; demurring.