Demography to Demure
(De*mog"ra*phy) n. [Gr. dh^mos the people + - graphy.] The study of races, as to births,
marriages, mortality, health, etc. Dem`o*graph"ic, a.
(||De`moi`selle") n. [F. See Damsel.]
1. A young lady; a damsel; a lady's maid.
2. (Zoöl.) The Numidian crane (Anthropoides virgo); so called on account of the grace and symmetry
of its form and movements.
3. (Zoöl.) A beautiful, small dragon fly of the genus Agrion.
(De*mol"ish) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Demolished ; p. pr. & vb. n. Demolishing.] [F. démolir,
fr. L. demoliri, p. p. demolitus; de- + moliri to set a thing in motion, to work, construct, from moles a
huge mass or structure. See Mole a mound, and Finish.] To throw or pull down; to raze; to destroy the
fabric of; to pull to pieces; to ruin; as, to demolish an edifice, or a wall.
I expected the fabric of my book would long since have been demolished, and laid even with the ground.Tillotson.
Syn. To Demolish, Overturn, Destroy, Dismantle, Raze. That is overturned or overthrown which
had stood upright; that is destroyed whose component parts are scattered; that is demolished which had
formed a mass or structure; that is dismantled which is stripped of its covering, as a vessel of its sails,
or a fortress of its bastions, etc.; that is razed which is brought down smooth, and level to the ground.
An ancient pillar is overturned or overthrown as the result of decay; a city is destroyed by an invasion
of its enemies; a monument, the walls of a castle, a church, or any structure, real or imaginary, may be
demolished; a fortress may be dismantled from motives of prudence, in order to render it defenseless; a
city may be razed by way of punishment, and its ruins become a memorial of vengeance.
(De*mol"ish`er) n. One who, or that which, demolishes; as, a demolisher of towns.
(De*mol"ish*ment) n. Demolition.
(Dem`o*li"tion) n. [L. demolitio, fr. demoliri: cf. F. démolition. See Demolish.] The act of
overthrowing, pulling down, or destroying a pile or structure; destruction by violence; utter overthrow;
opposed to construction; as, the demolition of a house, of military works, of a town, or of hopes.
(Dem`o*li"tion*ist), n. A demolisher. [R.] Carlyle.
(De"mon) n. [F. démon, L. daemon a spirit, an evil spirit, fr. Gr. a divinity; of uncertain origin.]
1. (Gr. Antiq.) A spirit, or immaterial being, holding a middle place between men and deities in pagan
The demon kind is of an intermediate nature between the divine and the human.Sydenham.
2. One's genius; a tutelary spirit or internal voice; as, the demon of Socrates. [Often written dæmon.]
3. An evil spirit; a devil.
That same demon that hath gulled thee thus.Shak.
(De"mon*ess) n. A female demon.
(De*mon`e*ti*za"tion) n. The act of demonetizing, or the condition of being demonetized.