Demiurgic

demiurge

[dem-ee-urj]
noun
1.
Philosophy.
a.
Platonism. the artificer of the world.
b.
(in the Gnostic and certain other systems) a supernatural being imagined as creating or fashioning the world in subordination to the Supreme Being, and sometimes regarded as the originator of evil.
2.
(in many states of ancient Greece) a public official or magistrate.

Origin:
1590–1600; < Greek dēmiourgós a worker for the people, skilled worker, equivalent to dḗmio(s) of the people (derivative of dêmos the people) + -ergos a worker, derivative of érgon work, with oe > ou

demiurgeous [dem-ee-ur-juhs] , demiurgic, demiurgical, adjective
demiurgically, adverb
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demiurge (ˈdɛmɪˌɜːdʒ, ˈdiː-)
 
n
1.  a.  (in the philosophy of Plato) the creator of the universe
 b.  (in Gnostic and some other philosophies) the creator of the universe, supernatural but subordinate to the Supreme Being
2.  (in ancient Greece) a magistrate with varying powers found in any of several states
 
[C17: from Church Latin dēmiūrgus, from Greek dēmiourgos skilled workman, literally: one who works for the people, from dēmos people + ergon work]
 
demi'urgeous
 
adj
 
demi'urgic
 
adj
 
demi'urgical
 
adj
 
demi'urgically
 
adv

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demiurge
1678, from Latinized form of Gk. demiourgos, lit. "public or skilled worker" (from demos "common people" + ergos "work"). The title of a magistrate in some Gk. city-states and the Achæan League; taken in Platonic philosophy as a name for the maker of the world. In the Gnostic system, "conceived
as a being subordinate to the Supreme Being, and sometimes as the author of evil" [OED].
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