demur


1de·mur

verb \di-ˈmər\

: to disagree politely with another person's statement or suggestion

: to politely refuse to accept a request or suggestion

de·murredde·mur·ring

Full Definition of DEMUR

intransitive verb
1
archaic :  delay, hesitate
2
:  to file a demurrer
3
:  to take exception :  object —often used with to or at

Examples of DEMUR

  1. She suggested that he would win easily, but he demurred, saying he expected the election to be close.
  2. <don't hesitate to demur to the idea if you have any qualms>

Origin of DEMUR

Middle English demuren, demeren to linger, from Anglo-French demurer, demoerer, from Latin demorari, from de- + morari to linger, from mora delay — more at mora
First Known Use: 13th century

2demur

noun

: an act of disagreeing about something

Full Definition of DEMUR

1
:  hesitation (as in doing or accepting) usually based on doubt of the acceptability of something offered or proposed
2
:  the act or an instance of objecting :  protest

Examples of DEMUR

  1. <we accepted his offer to pay for our dinners without demur>

First Known Use of DEMUR

13th century

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