demur

[ dih-mur ]
/ dɪˈmɜr /

verb (used without object), de·murred, de·mur·ring.

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.

noun

Origin of demur

1175–1225; Middle English demuren < Anglo-French demurer, Old French demorer < Latin dēmorārī to linger, equivalent to dē- de- + morārī to delay, derivative of mora delay

OTHER WORDS FROM demur

de·mur·ra·ble, adjectiveun·de·mur·ring, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH demur

demur demure
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British Dictionary definitions for demurred

demur
/ (dɪˈmɜː) /

verb -murs, -murring or -murred (intr)

to raise objections or show reluctance; object
law to raise an objection by entering a demurrer
archaic to hesitate; delay

noun also: demurral (dɪˈmʌrəl)

the act of demurring
an objection raised
archaic hesitation

Derived forms of demur

demurrable, adjective

Word Origin for demur

C13: from Old French demorer, from Latin dēmorārī to loiter, linger, from morārī to delay, from mora a delay
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