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[dih-mur] /dɪˈmɜr/
verb (used without object), demurred, demurring.
1.
to make objection, especially on the grounds of scruples; take exception; object:
They wanted to make him the treasurer, but he demurred.
2.
Law. to interpose a demurrer.
3.
Archaic. to linger; hesitate.
noun
4.
the act of making objection.
5.
an objection raised.
7.
Law. Obsolete. a demurrer.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English demuren < Anglo-French demurer, Old French demorer < Latin dēmorārī to linger, equivalent to dē- de- + morārī to delay, derivative of mora delay
Related forms
demurrable, adjective
undemurring, adjective
Can be confused
demur, demure.
Synonyms
5. scruple, qualm, misgiving.
Antonyms
1. agree, accede.
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  • There was no reason for demur; there was no law against it.
  • Others may wish to demur.
  • Told that most readers would demur, she smiles.
  • Her mother and father had consented without demur, and were happy in her happiness.
  • He did not demur.
  • They are permitted to demur and back away from their goals.
  • Find your support from others who do understand the academic job market and politely demur if it comes up with your father.
  • We all see the excess and we quietly demur to the 'fact' that life is or must be that way.
  • As to keeping a record, I would have to demur for now.
  • You may honorably demur not only for his health but also for your tranquillity.
British Dictionary definitions for demur

demur

/dɪˈmɜː/
verb (intransitive) -murs, -murring, -murred
1.
to raise objections or show reluctance; object
2.
(law) to raise an objection by entering a demurrer
3.
(archaic) to hesitate; delay
noun
4.
the act of demurring
5.
an objection raised
6.
(archaic) hesitation
Derived Forms
demurrable, adjective
Word Origin
C13: from Old French demorer, from Latin dēmorārī to loiter, linger, from morārī to delay, from mora a delay
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Word Origin and History for demur
v.

c.1200, "to linger, tarry, delay," from Old French demorer "delay, retard," from Latin demorari "to linger, loiter, tarry," from de- (see de-) + morari "to delay," from mora "a pause, delay" (see moratorium). Main modern sense of "raise objections" is first attested 1630s. Related: Demurred; demurring.

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