demiurge

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n demiurge a subordinate deity, in some philosophies the creator of the universe
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Demiurge According to the Gnostics, an agent or one employed by the Supreme Being to create the material universe and man.
    • Demiurge God, as the Maker of the world.
    • Demiurge (Gr. Antiq) The chief magistrate in some of the Greek states.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n demiurge A maker or creator; the Creator of the world; specifically, a supernal being imagined by some as the creator of the world in subordination to the Supreme Being. In the Gnostic system the Demiurge (also called Archon, and Jaldabaoth, or son of Chaos) was represented as the chief of the lowest order of spirits or eons of the Pleroma. Mingling with Chaos, he evolved from it a corporeal, animated world. He could not, however, impart to man the true soul or pneuma, but only a sensuous one, psyche. He was identified with the Jehovah of the Jews, and was by some regarded as the originator of evil.
    • n demiurge In some Peloponnesian states of ancient Greece, one of a class of public officers who in some cases appear to have constituted the chief executive magistracy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Demiurge dem′i-urj the maker of the world: among the Gnostics, the creator of the world and of man, subordinate to God the supreme—also Demiur′gus
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. dhmioyrgo`s a worker for the people, a workman, especially the maker of the world, the Creator; dh`mios belonging to the people (fr. dh^mos the people) + 'e`rgon a work
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. dēmiourgosdēmos, the people, and ergon, a work.

Usage

In literature:

The realm of his influence as a kind of Prometheus, or even as a demiurge, extends very far northwards.
"Myth, Ritual, and Religion, Vol. 1" by Andrew Lang
Such a man is demiurgic, for he puts down a hand on action through the sky.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 13, No. 76, February, 1864" by Various
The good are those who strive to fulfil the law of the demiurge.
"History of Dogma, Volume 1 (of 7)" by Adolph Harnack
The Gnostic (Marcionite) supreme God is the God of religion, the God of redemption; the Demiurge is the being required to explain the world.
"History of Dogma, Volume 2 (of 7)" by Adolph Harnack
It was one of the forms symbolic of the Demiurge or Maker of our universe.
"Scarabs" by Isaac Myer
His cosmogony seems the work of an omnipotent demiurge fashioning the universe at will.
"Essay on the Creative Imagination" by Th. Ribot
Art is the free play of generous and creative imaginations with the life-blood of the demiurgic forces of the universe in their veins.
"Suspended Judgments" by John Cowper Powys
From the City of Baal to the City of Demiurgic Dollar is not in fact a far cry.
"The Book of Khalid" by Ameen Rihani
We stand alone, like the co-operating Demiurges at the creation, in the face of chaos.
"Eyes Like the Sea" by Mór Jókai
And, to speak candidly, He is not so much a god as a vain and ignorant demiurge.
"The Revolt of the Angels" by Anatole France
PTAH, the Hephaestus of the Greeks, a demiurgic and creative god, special patron of hand-workers and artisans.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 1" by Various
With the Greeks, Dionysos, the good Demiurge, is identified with Hades.
"Traditions, Superstitions and Folk-lore" by Charles Hardwick
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In news:

The Strokes were invented in 1998 on a mythical island in the Aegean by a wicked demiurge.
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