[ 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


dem·i·ur·geous [dem-ee-ur-juh s] /ˌdɛm iˈɜr dʒəs/, dem·i·ur·gic, dem·i·ur·gi·cal, adjectivedem·i·ur·gi·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for demiurge

/ (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 of demiurge

demiurgeous, demiurgic or demiurgical, adjectivedemiurgically, adverb

Word Origin for demiurge

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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