verb de·mur \di-ˈmər\

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

: to politely refuse to accept a request or suggestion


Full Definition of DEMUR

intransitive verb
archaic :  delay, hesitate
:  to file a demurrer
:  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



: an act of disagreeing about something

Full Definition of DEMUR

:  hesitation (as in doing or accepting) usually based on doubt of the acceptability of something offered or proposed
:  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

Synonym Discussion of DEMUR

qualm, scruple, compunction, demur mean a misgiving about what one is doing or going to do. qualm implies an uneasy fear that one is not following one's conscience or better judgment <no qualms about plagiarizing>. scruple implies doubt of the rightness of an act on grounds of principle <no scruples against buying stolen goods>. compunction implies a spontaneous feeling of responsibility or compassion for a potential victim <had compunctions about lying>. demur implies hesitation caused by objection to an outside suggestion or influence <accepted her decision without demur>.


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