to make objection, especially on the grounds of scruples; take exception; object: They wanted to make him the treasurer, but he demurred.
Law. to interpose a demurrer.
Archaic. to linger; hesitate.
the act of making objection.
an objection raised.
Law: Obsolete. a demurrer.
- de·mur·ra·ble, adjective
- un·de·mur·ring, adjective
- demur , demure
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How to use demur in a sentence
“Not everything has a divine plan or anything,” the independent-minded Kentucky Republican demurred.Kissy-Face The Nation: Washington’s Power Elite Smooch Bob Schieffer | Lloyd Grove | November 18, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Again, I demurred, saying we saw only rebel-controlled checkpoints.
He demurred: “The overall climate of what people think about charters and school choice varies so much from city to city.”Why Is Progressive Hero Bill de Blasio Throwing Charter Schools Out of New York City? | Conor P. Williams | March 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In every case, the school demurred or ignored any conflict with church doctrine.Eastside Catholic: Break the Rules All You Want, Unless You’re Gay | Scott Bixby | January 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Another journalist begged him to do a sill walk live on stage then and there, but he demurred.
At first Eloise demurred, longing to accept the generous offer, and fearing that she ought not.The Cromptons | Mary J. Holmes
The girls, Virginia included, and Tom were decidedly in favor of it, but Mr. Wilson had demurred.The Adventure Girls at K Bar O | Clair Blank
Mrs. Kennedy demurred anxiously, as Genevieve was putting on her hat.The Sunbridge Girls at Six Star Ranch | Eleanor H. (Eleanor Hodgman) Porter
The attorney-general demurred to the challenge; on which the question previously debated was re-argued.The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.III. | E. Farr and E. H. Nolan
This was a touch of high Spanish breeding, that quite took me by surprise—I demurred.
British Dictionary definitions for demur
to raise objections or show reluctance; object
law to raise an objection by entering a demurrer
archaic to hesitate; delay
the act of demurring
an objection raised
- demurrable, adjective
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