- of or relating to the ordinary, everyday, current form of a language; vernacular: a poet with a keen ear for demotic rhythms.
- of or relating to the common people; popular.
- of, relating to, or noting the simplified form of hieratic writing used in ancient Egypt between 700 b.c. and a.d. 500.
Origin of demotic
Related Words for demoticconversational, vernacular, chatty, common, dialectal, everyday, idiomatic, popular, street, demotic, jive
Examples from the Web for demotic
Contemporary Examples of demotic
Anything but demotic is Amar Bhide's A Call For Judgment, subtitled "Sensible Finance For A Dynamic Economy."The Daily Beast's Favorite Books of 2010
The Daily Beast
December 18, 2010
The demotic self-deprecation barely masks a vast ambition, which is a kind of deception in itself, or an artifice.Palin Paranoia Decoded
November 23, 2010
An impatient lower court forced her to change it to the demotic “Gregorio,” noting that Venerdi was “a ridiculous name.”The Week in Rage
October 24, 2008
Historical Examples of demotic
The Hieratic, like the Demotic, is always written from right to left.
In Demotic, if I understand aright, the vowels are not written and the consonants often do not mean what they seem to mean.The Story of Nefrekepta
It is a stel of black basalt, bearing an inscription in Hieroglyphic, Demotic, and Greek.
What I expected was a reply in kind, an hieratic acceptance or a demotic refusal; either one would be good practice for Monny.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
No one any longer wrote in the hieroglyphic, hieratic, or demotic scripts; in a word, the hieroglyphic writing was forgotten.
- of or relating to the common people; popular
- of or relating to a simplified form of hieroglyphics used in ancient Egypt by the ordinary literate class outside the priesthoodCompare hieratic
- the demotic script of ancient Egypt
Word Origin for demotic
- the spoken form of Modern Greek, now increasingly used in literatureCompare Katharevusa
- denoting or relating to this
1822, from Greek demotikos "of or for the common people, in common use," from demos "common people," originally "district," from PIE *da-mo- "division," from root *da- "to divide" (see tide). In contrast to hieratic. Originally of the simpler of two forms of ancient Egyptian writing; broader sense is from 1831; used of Greek since 1927.