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DE-MOT'IC, a. [Gr. δημοτικος, from δημος, people.]

Popular; common; pertaining to the people. – Russell.

DE-MULCE', v.t. [demuls'; L. demulceo.]

To soothe; to soften or pacify. [Not used.]

DE-MUL'CENT, a. [L. demulcens, demulceo; de and mulceo, to stroke, to soften; allied perhaps to mollis, mellow.]

Softening; mollifying; lenient; as, oil is demulcent.


Any medicine which lessens the effect of irritation on the solids; that which softens or mollifies; as gums, roots of marsh-mallows, and other mucilaginous substances.

DE-MUR', n.

Stop; pause; hesitation as to the propriety of proceeding; suspense of proceeding or decision. All my demurs but double his attacks. – Pope.

DE-MUR', v.i. [Fr. demeurer; Sp. demorar; Port. demorar; It. dimorare; L. demoror; de and moror, to stay or delay, mora, delay; Arm. miret, to hold; Sax. merran, myrran, to hinder; allied to L. miror, and Eng. to moor, Sp. amarrar.]

  1. To stop; to pause; to hesitate; to suspend proceeding; to delay determination or conclusion. On receiving this information, the minister demurred, till he could obtain further instructions.
  2. In law, to stop at any point in the pleadings, and rest or abide on that point in law for a decision of the cause. Thus the defendant may demur to the plaintif's declaration, alledging it to be insufficient in law; the plaintif may demur to the defendant's plea, for a like reason.

DE-MUR', v.t.

To doubt of. [Not legitimate.] – Milton.

DE-MURE', a. [perhaps from demur, that is, set, fixed, stayed, silent.]

Sober; grave; modest; downcast; as, a demure countenance; a demure abasing of the eye. – Bacon.

DE-MURE', v.i.

To look with a grave countenance. [Not used.] – Shak.

DE-MURE'LY, adv.

With a grave, solemn countenance; with a fixed look; with a solemn gravity. Esop's damsel sat demurely at the board's end. – Bacon.


Gravity of countenance; soberness; a modest look. – Sidney.

DE-MUR'RAGE, n. [See Demur.]

An allowance made to the master of a trading vessel, for delay or detention in port beyond the appointed time of departure. This expense is paid by the merchant who causes the detention.


Stopped; objected to.


  1. One who demurs.
  2. In law, a stop at some point in the pleadings, and a resting of the decision of the cause on that point; an issue on matter of law. A demurrer confesses the fact or facts to be true, but denies the sufficiency of the facts in point of law to support the claim or defense. A demurrer may be tendered to the declaration, to the plea, to the replication, to the rejoinder, &c. – Blackstone.


Stopping; pausing; suspending proceedings or decision; resting or abiding on a point in law.

DE-MY', n. [Fr. demi, half.]

  1. A particular size of paper; a kind of paper of small size.
  2. A half fellow at Magdalen college, Oxford.

DEN, n. [Sax. den, dene, denn, a valley; It. tana; Fr. taniere; Ir. tuinnedhe.]

  1. A cave or hollow place in the earth; usually applied to a cave, pit, or subterraneous recess, used for concealment, shelter, protection, or security; as, a lion's den; a den of robbers or thieves. The beasts go into dens. – Job xxxvii. The children of Israel made themselves dens. – Judges vi.
  2. As a termination, in names of places, it denotes the place to be in a valley or near a wood.

DEN, v.i.

To dwell as in a den.

DE-NAR'COT-IZE, v.t. [de and narcotic.]

To deprive of narcotine; as, to denarcotize opium – Journ. of Science.

DE-NA'RI-US, n. [L. from deni, ten.]

A Roman coin of the value of about sixteen or seventeen cents; so called from the letter X upon it. In law-books, it is used for an English penny.

DEN'A-RY, a. [L. denarius.]

Containing ten.

DEN'A-RY, n.

The number ten. – Digby.

DE-NA'TION-AL-IZE, v.t. [de and nation.]

To divest of national character or rights, by transference to the service of another nation. A ship built and registered in the United States, is denationalized by being employed in the service of another nation and bearing its flag. – French Decrees. Dec. of the Prince Regent.


Deprived of national rights.


Depriving of national rights.