demur

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v demur take exception to "he demurred at my suggestion to work on Saturday"
    • v demur enter a demurrer
    • n demur (law) a formal objection to an opponent's pleadings
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Demur Stop; pause; hesitation as to proceeding; suspense of decision or action; scruple. "All my demurs but double his attacks;
      At last he whispers, “Do; and we go snacks.”"
    • Demur To cause delay to; to put off. "He demands a fee,
      And then demurs me with a vain delay."
    • Demur To delay; to pause; to suspend proceedings or judgment in view of a doubt or difficulty; to hesitate; to put off the determination or conclusion of an affair. "Upon this rub, the English embassadors thought fit to demur ."
    • Demur (Law) To interpose a demurrer. See Demurrer, 2.
    • Demur To linger; to stay; to tarry. "Yet durst not demur nor abide upon the camp."
    • Demur To scruple or object; to take exception, especailly on the basis of scruple or modesty; as, I demur to that statement; they wanted to make him president, but he demurred . "When introduced as the world's smartest man, he was not inclined to demur ."
    • Demur To suspend judgment concerning; to doubt of or hesitate about. "The latter I demur , for in their looks
      Much reason, and in their actions, oft appears."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • demur To delay; linger; tarry.
    • demur To hesitate; suspend proceedings; delay conclusion or action.
    • demur To have or suggest scruples or difficulties; object irresolutely; take exception: as, they demurred to our proposals.
    • demur In law, to interpose a demurrer.
    • demur To put off; delay; keep in suspense.
    • demur To doubt of; scruple concerning; hesitate about: as, “to demur obedience,”
    • n demur Stop; pause; hesitation as to proceeding or decision.
    • n demur Exception (taken); objection (urged).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Demur de-mur′ to hesitate from uncertainty or before difficulty: to object
    • pr.p Demur demur′ring; pa.p. demurred′
    • n Demur a stop: pause, hesitation
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Quotations

  • Don Marquis
    Don%20Marquis
    “Persian pussy from over the sea demure and lazy and smug and fat none of your ribbons and bells for me ours is the zest of the alley cat”
  • Emily Dickinson
    Emily%20Dickinson
    “Assent -- and you are sane -- , demur -- you're straightway dangerous -- , and handled with a Chain -- .”
  • John Milton
    John%20Milton
    “Come, pensive nun, devout and pure, sober steadfast, and demure, all in a robe of darkest grain, flowing with majestic train.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. demurer, demorer, demourer, to linger, stay, F. demeurer, fr. L. demorari,; de-, + morari, to delay, tarry, stay, mora, delay; prob. originally, time for thinking, reflection, and akin to memor, mindful. See Memory

Usage

In literature:

We didn't like cicerones and demurred.
"The Luck of Thirteen" by Jan Gordon
Then he drove him without demur a few times more about the corral and dismounted.
"Bert Wilson in the Rockies" by J. W. Duffield
He looked up, and I came forward with my best demure air as Mr. Barton nervously introduced us, and we shook hands.
"Red Hair" by Elinor Glyn
He demurred at first, for he now numbered among his city acquirements a fine contempt for his woman relatives.
"The Sport of the Gods" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
Leila was like her mother in her dark sparkling beauty and demure sweetness.
"Contrary Mary" by Temple Bailey
It was a new and somewhat surprising light on the character of Old Mat, but the Duke accepted it without demur.
"Boy Woodburn" by Alfred Ollivant
At first Ruth demurred on account of her gown, which was a very plain little affair of white dotted swiss.
"Grace Harlowe's First Year at Overton College" by Jessie Graham Flower
After considerable demur they acquiesced, but we could not use them, or rather they were used up too rapidly.
"Sixteen Months in Four German Prisons" by Henry Charles Mahoney
But, after all, Bakshee Bani Begum did not turn out so demure as she looked!
"The Adventures of Akbar" by Flora Annie Steel
A demure, flat-faced girl answered the bell, and led Katherine down passages and up a crooked stair to another part of the house.
"A Crooked Path" by Mrs. Alexander
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In poetry:

For all the storm saith, still,
Stout stands the daffodil:
For all we say,
Howe'er he look demurely,
Our martialist will surely
Have his way.
"A Child's Battles" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
She's passing fair; but so demure is she,
So quiet is her gown, so smooth her hair,
That few there are who note her and agree
She's passing fair.
"Roundel" by Dorothy Parker
And speckless swains, and maidens neat,
Through rustic porch, down cottage stair,
Demurely up the village street
Stream onward to the House of Prayer.
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
Jess and Jill will mate some day,
Surely, surely:
Ripen on to June through May,
While the sun shines make their hay,
Slacken steps demurely: Yet even there I lead the way.
"A Ring Posy" by Christina Georgina Rossetti
On summer evenings when the religious sun stains
The gloom in the bar and the glasses surrender demurely
I think of Donovan whose surrender was unconditional,
That great thirst swallowed entirely.
"An Old Lament Renewed" by Vernon Scannell
The Spirit of the garden plays
At hide-and-seek an hundred ways
And when you've captured her, she will
Elude you, calling backward still,
A silver echo -- a sweet child,
Demure and lovesome, gay and wild.
"The Garden" by Katharine Tynan

In news:

She didn't get there by being demure.
Large, scooped-out air inlets, striped with LED lighting, have replaced demure fog lamps.
Behind the strong name of Owl City is a demure, yet passionate solo artist.
The newest fashion look can be found in stores of Sao Paulo where the hot items are the demure, long- sleeved frocks with how-low-can-you-go hemlines and the polyester putty-colored potato sack dress.
Regarding culture, many Tajiks demur.
The tight sweater has always allowed a woman to appear totally demure and irrepressibly sexy.
A BEAUTIFUL woman lowers her eyes demurely beneath a hat.
"The cat went in by hisself," Victoria disagreed, demurely.
The Western men are wanting women who are demure and non-aggressive.
The SEC demurred, but the Financial Stability Oversight Council will be able to bolster fund reform.
The demure West has gotten so excited about being a motorcyclist instructor that she has even learned to talk loudly so her voice can be heard over the roar of motorcycles .
India is set to get its first Playboy club next month, with demurely dressed bunnies and a focus on glamour instead of sex.
The newest fashion look can be found in stores of Sao Paulo where the hot items are the demure, long-sleeved frocks with how-low-can-you-go hemlines and the polyester putty-colored potato sack dress.
Quiet American 1986, b, 16.1 1/4 hands Fappiano-Demure, by Dr Fager.
WW&W wildlife correspondent Paris Hiltunen asked demurely.
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