demotic, n. and adj.
1. A simplified, cursive form of ancient Egyptian script; the form of the ancient Egyptian language written in this script. See sense B. 1a.
2. The form of modern Greek used in everyday speech and writing. See sense B. 1b. Contrasted with katharevousa n.
3. Ordinary colloquial speech; the everyday language of ordinary people.
a. Designating a simplified, cursive form of ancient Egyptian script, or the form of the ancient Egyptian language written in this script; written in or belonging to this script or language. Contrasted with hieratic (hieratic adj. 1a) and hieroglyphic (hieroglyphic adj. 1). Now usually with capital initial.The script is first known from c650 b.c. Greek became the principal language of administration in the Ptolemaic period, and Demotic became increasingly rare from the Roman conquest (30 b.c.) onwards, with the last known example in the 5th cent.
b. Designating the form of modern Greek used in everyday speech and writing; written in or belonging to this form of Greek. Cf. katharevousa n.
c. Designating the kind of language used by ordinary people; written in or belonging to this kind of language; vernacular; colloquial.
2. gen. Of, relating to, or characteristic of ordinary people; intended for or suited to the understanding or taste of ordinary people. Frequently mildly depreciative. Cf. popular adj. 4a.
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