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Examples of demotic in a Sentence
a more demotic way of speaking
Recent Examples of demotic from the Web
The U.S.–Saudi preference for regime change and demotic movements (no matter how loathsome) has been a gift to extremists everywhere.
The fire, virtuosity and spiritual imagination with which Morgan conjures this weary, seen-it-all, demotic black prophet — like so much else in her book — are nothing short of genius.
Think of them as a demotic but joyous version of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s old Central Park portals, which turn everyday strolls into grand entrances.
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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
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