demotic

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Demotic \De*mot"ic\, adjective [Gr. dhmotiko's, fr. dh^mos the people: cf. F. d['e]motique.] Of or pertaining to the people; popular; common.

{Demotic alphabet} or {Demotic character}, a form of writing used in Egypt after six or seven centuries before Christ, for books, deeds, and other such writings; a simplified form of the hieratic character; -- called also {epistolographic character}, and {enchorial character}. See {Enchorial}.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

Demotic

adjective

1: of or written in or belonging to the form of modern Greek based on colloquial use

2: of or for the common people; "demotic entertainments"; "demotic speech"; "a poet with a keen ear for demotic rhythms"

noun

1: a simplified cursive form of the ancient hieratic script; "Demotic script was eventually replaced by Greek" [syn: {Demotic}, {Demotic script}]

2: the modern Greek vernacular [syn: {Romaic}, {Demotic}]


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