(De*miss"ly), adv. In a humble manner. [Obs.]
(Dem"i*suit`) n. (Mil. Antiq.) A suit of light armor covering less than the whole body, as having
no protection for the legs below the thighs, no vizor to the helmet, and the like.
(De*mit") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Demitted; p. pr. & vb. n. Demitting.] [L. demittere to send or
bring down, to lower; de- + mittere to send. Cf. Demise.]
1. To let fall; to depress. [R.]
They [peacocks] demit and let fall the same [i. e., their train].Sir T. Browne.
2. To yield or submit; to humble; to lower; as, to demit one's self to humble duties. [R.]
3. To lay down, as an office; to resign. [Scot.]
General Conway demitted his office.Hume.
(Dem"i*tint`) n. (Fine Arts) (a) That part of a painting, engraving, or the like, which is neither
in full darkness nor full light. (b) The shade itself; neither the darkest nor the lightest in a composition.
Also called half tint.
(Dem"i*tone`) n. (Mus.) Semitone. [R.]
(Dem"i*urge) n. [Gr. dhmioyrgo`s a worker for the people, a workman, especially the maker
of the world, the Creator; dh`mios belonging to the people (fr. dh^mos the people) + 'e`rgon a work.]
1. (Gr. Antiq.) The chief magistrate in some of the Greek states.
2. God, as the Maker of the world.
3. According to the Gnostics, an agent or one employed by the Supreme Being to create the material
universe and man.
(Dem`i*ur"gic) a. [Gr. dhmioyrgiko`s.] Pertaining to a demiurge; formative; creative. "Demiurgic
power." De Quincey.
(Dem"i*vill`) n. (Old Law) A half vill, consisting of five freemen or frankpledges. Blackstone.
(Dem"i*volt`) n. [Cf. F. demi- volte.] (Man.) A half vault; one of the seven artificial motions of
a horse, in which he raises his fore legs in a particular manner.
(Dem"i*wolf`) n. A half wolf; a mongrel dog, between a dog and a wolf. Shak.
(De*mob`i*li*za"tion) n. [Cf. F. démobilisation. See Mobilization.] (Mil.) The disorganization
or disarming of troops which have previously been mobilized or called into active service; the change
from a war footing to a peace footing.
(De*mob"i*lize) v. t. [Cf. F. démobiliser.] (Mil.) To disorganize, or disband and send home,
as troops which have been mobilized.
(De*moc"ra*cy) n.; pl. Democracies (- siz). [F. démocratie, fr. Gr. dhmokrati`a; dh^mos
the people + kratei^n to be strong, to rule, kra`tos strength.]
1. Government by the people; a form of government in which the supreme power is retained and directly
exercised by the people.