Etymology
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demotic (adj.)

"of or belonging to the people," especially "pertaining to the common people, popular, vulgar," 1822, from Latinized form of Greek dēmotikos "of or for the common people, in common use," from dēmos "common people," originally "district," from PIE *da-mo- "division," from root *da- "to divide." Originally in English it was used in reference to the simpler of two forms of ancient Egyptian writing (opposed to hieratic or hieroglyphic); the broader sense is by 1831. Used of the popular form of modern Greek since 1927.

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Definitions of demotic
1
demotic (adj.)
of or for the common people;
a poet with a keen ear for demotic rhythms
demotic entertainments
demotic speech
2
Demotic (n.)
a simplified cursive form of the ancient hieratic script;
Synonyms: Demotic script
Demotic (n.)
the modern Greek vernacular;
Synonyms: Romaic
3
Demotic (adj.)
of or written in or belonging to the form of modern Greek based on colloquial use;
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