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Dictionary Definition

Demotic adj
1 of or written in or belonging to the form of modern Greek based on colloquial use
2 of or for the common people; "demotic entertainments"; "demotic speech"; "a poet with a keen ear for demotic rhythms" n : the modern Greek vernacular [syn: Romaic]

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First attested in 1822, from Greek δημοτικος (demotikos) common, vulgar, from Greek δημος (demos) common people."


  1. Of or for the common people.
  2. Of, relating to, or written in the vulgar form of ancient Egyptian hieratic writing.
    demotic script is a simplified, cursive form of hieroglyphs used in ancient egypt.
  3. Of, relating to, or written in the form of modern vernacular Greek.
    demotic Greek''


of or for the common people
  • Hungarian: népi, népies
  • Russian: народный, простонародный
Egyptian hieratic writing
  • Russian: демотический
  • Russian: димотический

Extensive Definition

Demotic may refer to:
demotic in Galician: Demótico
demotic in Portuguese: Demótico
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