demotic demotic

Definition(s):

  1. (n) a simplified cursive form of the ancient hieratic script
  2. (n) the modern Greek vernacular
  3. (adj) of or written in or belonging to the form of modern Greek based on colloquial use
  4. (adj) of or for the common people

Synonym(s)

Usage(s):

  1. The demotic narrative style, filled with humor, horror and the obsession to survive, softens Walker's messages: Sisterlove is beautiful, and Men stink.
  2. But these demotic spinoffs distract from the need to balance what the Japanese call fueki, or permanent values, and ryuko, or change, in true haiku writing.
  3. Cubism was hard to read, willfully ambiguous, and yet demotic too.

News

  • Opinion: How grammar helps craft governor’s image

    MY BROTHER frequently drives from New Jersey to New York across the George Washington Bridge to visit our 94-year-old mom. Her name is Shirley Clark, and she likes Chris Christie. She prefers her politicians to be straight talkers. She would agree with George Orwell that the best political rhetoric is “demotic,” a fancy word for the “voice of the people.”
    on January 21, 2014     Source: The Record

Quotes

  • And finally, people have simply grown tired of the sometimes blandly managerial, sometimes matey ruling style of New Labour: "The mock-demotic aspect of Blair culture - people are disillusioned with that now," says York. "People came to feel...
    on Dec 15, 2009 By: Peter York Source: guardian.co.uk

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