demotic

[dih-mot-ik]
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to the ordinary, everyday, current form of a language; vernacular: a poet with a keen ear for demotic rhythms.
2.
of or pertaining to the common people; popular.
3.
of, pertaining to, or noting the simplified form of hieratic writing used in ancient Egypt between 700 b.c. and a.d. 500.
noun
4.
demotic script.
5.
(initial capital letter) . Also called Romaic. the Modern Greek vernacular (distinguished from Katharevusa ).

Origin:
1815–25; < Greek dēmotikós popular, plebeian, equivalent to dēmót(ēs) a plebeian (derivative of dêmos; see demo-) + -ikos -ic

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demotic (dɪˈmɒtɪk)
 
adj
1.  of or relating to the common people; popular
2.  Compare hieratic of or relating to a simplified form of hieroglyphics used in ancient Egypt by the ordinary literate class outside the priesthood
 
n
3.  the demotic script of ancient Egypt
 
[C19: from Greek dēmotikos of the people, from dēmotēs a man of the people, commoner; see demos]
 
de'motist
 
n

Demotic (dɪˈmɒtɪk)
 
n
1.  Compare Katharevusa the spoken form of Modern Greek, now increasingly used in literature
 
adj
2.  denoting or relating to this

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demotic
1822, from Gk. demotikos "of or for the common people," from demos "common people," originally "district," from PIE *da-mo- "division," from base *da- "to divide" (see tide). In contrast to hieratic. Originally of the simpler of two forms of ancient
Egyptian writing; broader sense is from 1831; used of Greek since 1927.
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Example sentences
Few writers have made such profound art out of their annoyance with the demotic.
In demotic, the cartouche was reduced to a pair of parentheses and a vertical line.
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