demur

verb
de·​mur | \ di-ˈmər How to pronounce demur (audio) \
demurred; demurring

Definition of demur

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to take exception : object often used with to or atit would seem hazardous to demur to a proposition which is so widely accepted— Samuel Alexander
2 law : to file a demurrer
3 archaic : delay, hesitate

demur

noun

Definition of demur (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act or an instance of objecting : protest rather than be brought into court he will pay without demur— G. B. Shaw
2 : 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

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Noun

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

Examples of demur in a Sentence

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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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Williams demurred because he hadn’t hit for so long, and then let himself get talked into it. Rich Lowry, National Review, "Once Upon a Time, an American Athletic Star Bombed the Chi-Coms," 21 Oct. 2019 On the East Coast, many developers and supporters of offshore wind politely demur when asked about Trump’s wind-hating tweets and comments. San Diego Union-Tribune, "President’s windmill hatred is a worry for booming industry," 30 Sep. 2019 The association had previously demurred, saying the rules were essential to protect Scotch’s reputation. Saabira Chaudhuri, WSJ, "Scotch Breaks With Tradition to Woo New Drinkers," 18 June 2019 Armstrong adds that Harper also encouraged Kirk to design and market a line of headscarves to capitalize on the trend, but Kirk demurred, content with her role on the show. Laurie Brookins, The Hollywood Reporter, "For a Generation, Valerie Harper's Rhoda Defined Imaginative Boho Style," 31 Aug. 2019 When asked how this shapes her efforts as a chef, Scott demurred. Marella Gayla, BostonGlobe.com, "These campers will sing for their supper — and for the chefs who are opening their eyes to a whole new world of food," 13 Aug. 2019 May backed her ambassador, but Johnson -- at a Conservative Party leadership debate -- demurred. Fox News, "Republicans hope for recharge in US-UK ties as Boris Johnson takes power," 25 July 2019 But Biden demurred into the December holidays, then into the first quarter of the year. Philip Elliott, Time, "Why Joe Biden's Campaign is Struggling," 25 July 2019 The recent shootings have enflamed the nation and sparked calls for action from the administration of President Donald Trump, who has demurred under pressure from the National Rifle Association. Steven Litt, cleveland.com, "Gun rights explored in provocative ‘Well Armed Militias’ exhibit at Spaces," 15 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That would be Sinead Flanagan, a 27-year-old junior doctor, with dark hair and a demur, effervescent smile. David Segal, New York Times, "Who’s Irish Now?," 27 Sep. 2019 When someone asks Mihalko if Chevy thinks of the new Blazer as the Camaro of crossovers, the humble engineer demurs. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "2019 Chevy Blazer Test Drive: What Happened When GM Tried To Make the Crossover Cool," 4 Feb. 2019 When someone asks Mihalko if Chevy thinks of the new Blazer as the Camaro of crossovers, the humble engineer demurs. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "2019 Chevy Blazer Test Drive: What Happened When GM Tried To Make the Crossover Cool," 4 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of demur

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for demur

Verb and Noun

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

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“Demur.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/demurred. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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More Definitions for demur

demur

verb
How to pronounce demur (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of demur

 (Entry 1 of 2)

formal
: to disagree politely with another person's statement or suggestion
: to politely refuse to accept a request or suggestion

demur

noun

English Language Learners Definition of demur (Entry 2 of 2)

chiefly British, formal : an act of disagreeing about something
de·​mur | \ di-ˈmər How to pronounce demur (audio) \
demurred; demurring

Legal Definition of demur

: to interpose a demurrer demur to the declaration

Other Words from demur

demurrable adjective

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