[ dem-ee-urj ]
/ ˈdɛm iˌɜrdʒ /
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- Platonism. the artificer of the world.
- (in the Gnostic and certain other belief 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.
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Origin of demiurge
First recorded in 1590–1600; from Greek dēmiourgós “a worker for the people, public worker, skilled worker,” equivalent to dḗmio(s) “of the people, public” + -ergos “a worker,” derivative of érgon work
OTHER WORDS FROM demiurgedem·i·ur·geous [dem-ee-ur-juhs], /ˌdɛm iˈɜr dʒəs/, dem·i·ur·gic, dem·i·ur·gi·cal, adjectivedem·i·ur·gi·cal·ly, adverb
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How to use demiurge in a sentence
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
Besides, what necessity was there for the mother of the demiurgic creator to have formed him of matter and of an image?
How could this newly formed image (the demiurgic creator) have undertaken to create by memory of the things he knew?
Applying this conception to the universe, we rise to Intelligence, recognizing therein the demiurgic creator of the world.Plotinos: Complete Works, v. 1|Plotinos (Plotinus)
British Dictionary definitions for demiurge
/ (ˈdɛmɪˌɜːdʒ, ˈdiː-) /
- (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
(in ancient Greece) a magistrate with varying powers found in any of several states
Derived forms of demiurgedemiurgeous, 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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