: to take exception : object —often used with to or at
it would seem hazardous to demur to a proposition which is so widely accepted—Samuel Alexander
: the act or an instance of objecting : protest
rather than be brought into court he will pay without demur—G. B. Shaw
: hesitation (as in doing or accepting) usually based on doubt of the acceptability of something offered or proposed
after some delay and demur, the door grudgingly turned on its hinges—Charles Dickens
Verb She suggested that he would win easily, but he demurred, saying he expected the election to be close. don't hesitate to demur to the idea if you have any qualms Noun we accepted his offer to pay for our dinners without demur
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VerbRisher demurred when asked if Lyft would be an independent company a year from now, after many industry-watchers initially thought news of his appointment was aimed at positioning the company for a sale. —Catherine Thorbecke, CNN, 12 May 2023 When asked about the clear conflict, House Majority Leader Steve Scalise demurred. —Prem Thakker, The New Republic, 10 May 2023 But Ernst demurred on whether Haley being announced first was a signal of preference. —Ali Vitali, NBC News, 10 May 2023 She is seen by some as duty-bound and approachable, and — unlike Diana — as someone who demurs from the limelight to let her husband shine. —Adela Suliman, Washington Post, 6 May 2023 In a different interview, Fishback politely demurs from naming the BeyHive as the inspiration behind Ni’Jah acolytes at all. —Tomi Obaro, New York Times, 18 Apr. 2023 Throughout their relationship, the pair kept details of their romance to themselves, demurring on engagement rumors in recent years. —Jack Irvin, Peoplemag, 21 Apr. 2023 She was asked early on to do a nude scene but demurred. —Ryan Gajewski, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Apr. 2023 Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra demurred when asked whether his agency would refuse to enforce the Texas decisions, something that politicians on the political left including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) have called for. —Christopher Rowland, Washington Post, 10 Apr. 2023
NounAfter breaking his silence about the romance by refusing to speak about his girlfriend in an interview with British Vogue for its October 2018 issue, the actor continued to demur when prodded to speak about their undercover courtship. —Nicole Sands, Peoplemag, 8 Apr. 2023 When pressed on the provenance of this fact most demur. —Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 4 Feb. 2013 King Charles, a very different character, would doubtless demur, having hated his time there. —Time, 20 Sep. 2022 Officials in Beverly Hills would be happy to see the county demur on a mask mandate. —Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times, 26 July 2022 Though the staff is quick to demur when asked about their celebrity clientele, my stay happens to coincide with that of a former boy band member and his actor wife. —Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, 21 Mar. 2022 To demur when called upon to defend that home from conquest is to willingly turn oneself into an exile. —Charles C. W. Cooke, National Review, 8 Mar. 2022 In the final shot, Murray gives the camera a close-lipped grin that would make the Joker and the Cheshire Cat demur. —Sarah Spellings, Vogue, 20 Jan. 2022 Trump has repeatedly griped to senators who visit about McConnell, asking who could be a new Senate Republican leader; many demur or just allow Trump to rant, one adviser said. —Author: Ashley Parker, Josh Dawsey, Anchorage Daily News, 8 May 2021 See More
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