Demotic

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj demotic of or for the common people "demotic entertainments","demotic speech","a poet with a keen ear for demotic rhythms"
    • adj Demotic of or written in or belonging to the form of modern Greek based on colloquial use
    • n Demotic the modern Greek vernacular
    • n Demotic a simplified cursive form of the ancient hieratic script "Demotic script was eventually replaced by Greek"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Demotic Of or pertaining to the people; popular; common.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • demotic Popular; pertaining to the common people: specifically applied to a certain mode of writing used in Egypt for epistolary and business purposes from about the seventh century b. c., as distinguished from the hieratic and hieroglyphic. Also called enchorial.
    • demotic Pertaining to a people developed beyond the tribal stage and including individuals of various kindreds or nationalities.
    • demotic Social.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Demotic pertaining to the people: popular: in Egypt. ant., of a kind of writing distinguished from the hieratic, or priestly, and from hieroglyphics
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Quotations

  • Israel Salanter
    Israel Salanter
    “Promote yourself but do not demote another.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. dhmotiko`s, fr. dh^mos the people: cf. F. démotique,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr.

Usage

In literature:

Wherever this opinion holds sway the promises of God are denied, Christ is demoted, hypocrisy and idolatry are established.
"Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians" by Martin Luther
Having lifted you out of the secretary class we can't demote you.
"The Lost Road" by Richard Harding Davis
There were no promotions: only demotions.
"Yama (The Pit)" by Alexandra Kuprin
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" by C. N. Williamson
They were actually demoted in grade so that these motions do not cover such circumstances.
"The Story of The American Legion" by George Seay Wheat
Demotic was the only writing for practical purposes.
"History Of Egypt, Chaldæa, Syria, Babylonia, And Assyria In The Light Of Recent Discovery" by L.W. King and H.R. Hall
He demoted me to the Cookie Pushers.
"Lone Star Planet" by Henry Beam Piper and John Joseph McGuire
No general reversal is implied whereby all the late comers shall be advanced and all the early workers demoted.
"Jesus the Christ" by James Edward Talmage
And even if he does have to demote me, I won't be dishonored or anything.
"Fearful Symmetry" by Ann Wilson
Am I to be demoted to automobile mechanic?
"Freedom" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
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In news:

Housing Policy Deserves a Demotion .
Broncos' Orton isn't likely going anywhere despite demotion .
Brandyn Thompson remains upbeat despite demotion .
Kaepernick had two good games against Chicago and St Louis, but does that mean Smith deserves a demotion.
In addition to being discharged , Carden was sentenced to 10 months in prison and demotion to private.
In August, Carden was demoted from sergeant after he was convicted of hazing and maltreating Chen.
City administrators demoted a Wapakoneta Fire Department captain alleging " dishonesty " and a "failure to follow directives.
The Aucas were demoted to a lower league three years ago.
Tulsa police have demoted an officer for engaging in sexual behavior while in uniform and on duty in 2008.
Officer demoted for engaging in sex while in uniform and on duty.
Foothill police captain files harassment claim after demotion over handling of excessive force allegation.
The NFL released its 2012 schedule this week and as expected the Dolphins have been demoted to must-not-see TV status.
Florida Marlins left fielder Logan Morrison has filed a grievance against his team for what he believes was a wrongful demotion last month.
AFRICOM general demoted for lavish travel and spending.
US Army general demoted for lavish travel and spending.
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In science:

The T-functions corresponding to such a domain will be demoted by T K ′ ,M ′ K,M (a, s, u).
Discrete Hirota dynamics for AdS/CFT
Since quantum field theory came to prominence this symmetry has been demoted.
Event-Symmetric Physics
In two dimensions, the long-range order of the ground state is first demoted to quasi-long-range order for any finite temperature below the KT transition temperature TKT .
Does quasi-long-range order in the two-dimensional XY model really survive weak random phase fluctuations?
Its future use as photon veto is not a demotion: the excellent position time and energy resolution are essential ingredients to actually measure the photon detection efficiency and make a reliable estimation of the backgrounds.
Kaons: Review and Outlook
Each year, a star or two gets promoted from mere oscillation or pulsation to astero-seismology, and one or two may also get demoted (like RNe candidates).
Astrophysics in 2006
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