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Examples of demotic in a sentence
a more demotic way of speaking
Did You Know?
You may recognize the root of "demotic" from words like "democracy" and "demography." The source of these words is the Greek word dēmos, meaning "people." "Demotic" is often used of everyday forms of language (as opposed to literary or highbrow versions). It entered English in the early 1800s and originally designated a form of ancient Egyptian cursive script which by the 5th century BCE had come into use everywhere in Egypt for business and literary purposes (in contrast to the more complex, hieratic script retained by the clergy). "Demotic" has a newer specialized sense as well, referring to a form of Modern Greek that is based on everyday speech and that since 1976 has been the official language of Greece.
Origin and Etymology of demotic
Greek dēmotikos, from dēmotēs commoner, from dēmos
First Known Use: 1822
DEMOTIC Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of demotic for English Language Learners
: popular or common
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