- 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 demurred
“Not everything has a divine plan or anything,” the independent-minded Kentucky Republican demurred.Kissy-Face The Nation: Washington’s Power Elite Smooch Bob Schieffer
November 18, 2014
Again, I demurred, saying we saw only rebel-controlled checkpoints.Ukraine Separatists Say No to Putin
May 8, 2014
He demurred: “The overall climate of what people think about charters and school choice varies so much from city to city.”Why Is Progressive Hero Bill de Blasio Throwing Charter Schools Out of New York City?
Conor P. Williams
March 4, 2014
Another journalist begged him to do a sill walk live on stage then and there, but he demurred.Monty Python—Not Dead Yet
November 21, 2013
Carrie, meanwhile, had demurred when Saul offered her a promotion to station chief.‘Homeland’: The 7 Plot Points You Need to Remember for the Season 3 Premiere
September 27, 2013
While Demosthenes argued, and Nicias demurred, Gylippus had not been idle.Stories from Thucydides
H. L. Havell
I demurred—I had got the paternal injunction to remain with the horse and cart.Camps, Quarters and Casual Places
As she demurred, he ended her life with a bullet from a pistol.The Sexual Question
She had demurred, of course, when he himself had suggested this.The Snare
Jerry had demurred, but she recognized, behind all the fun, a real firmness.Highacres
- 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 demurred
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.