- 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.
Origin of demiurge
Examples from the Web for demiurge
In West Australia this bird is the demiurge, and the progenitors of the phratries, of which crow is one, are his nephews.Kinship Organisations and Group Marriage in Australia|Northcote W. Thomas
Pundjel, the Eagle Hawk, is the demiurge and "culture-hero" of several Australian tribes.Ballades and Verses Vain|Andrew Lang
Arcade assured the beautiful angel that he was resolved to plunge the demiurge into eternal darkness.The Revolt of the Angels|Anatole France
By the “works of the Demiurge,” which the Christian is to flee, he meant the whole “service of the perishable.”
If God is only a demiurge, he may be accused, and ought to be accused, of being a bad workman.The Non-religion of the Future: A Sociological Study|Jean-Marie Guyau
- (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
Word Origin 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].