- 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 demiurgic
Ptah, the Hephaestus of the Greeks, a demiurgic and creative god, special patron of hand-workers and artisans.
Where is the motive, operative, demiurgic force, ready to translate such an idea into reality?
In the cosmogonical myths of the Muyscas this was the home or source of Light, and was a name applied to the demiurgic force.American Hero-Myths|Daniel G. Brinton
It is he whom an ancient monument represents as the demiurgic principle creating the mundane egg.The Ceramic Art|Jennie J. Young
Much that has been described as Asiatic in the genius of Æschylus may be referred to what I have called his demiurgic force.Studies of the Greek Poets (Vol I of 2)|John Addington Symonds
British Dictionary definitions for demiurgic
- (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
Word Origin and History for demiurgic
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].