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demur

[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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Examples from the web for demurred
  • The army, reluctant to be deployed in yet another internal political conflict, has demurred.
  • But the army demurred, refusing to engage the protesters.
  • But the department store, with new owners and mounting debt, demurred.
  • Only one lifeguard demurred, though she was repeatedly invited.
  • To this plea the plaintiff demurred, and the defendant joined in demurrer.
  • The plaintiff asked the district court to enjoin enforcement of the suspension and fine, but the court demurred.
  • However, the secretary demurred when a reporter asked him which military units might be called up.
  • Joseph initially demurred, responding that he needed time to decide.
  • Kent demurred by saying his experience was in research not estimating.
  • The government demurred, urging the imposition of a within-the-range sentence.
British Dictionary definitions for demurred

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 demurred

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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