Demotic alphabetor character, a form of writing used in Egypt after six or seven centuries before Christ, for books, deeds, and other such writings; a simplified form of the hieratic character; — called also epistolographic character, and enchorial character. See Enchorial.

(De*mount") v. i. To dismount. [R.]

(Demp"ne) v. t. To damn; to condemn. [Obs.] Chaucer.

(Demp"ster Dem"ster) n. [See Deemster.]

1. A deemster.

2. (O. Scots Law) An officer whose duty it was to announce the doom or sentence pronounced by the court.

(De*mulce") v. t. [L. demulcere; de- + mulcere to stroke, soothe.] To soothe; to mollify; to pacify; to soften. [R.] Sir T. Elyot.

(De*mul"cent) a. [L. demulcens, p. pr. of demulcere.] Softening; mollifying; soothing; assuasive; as, oil is demulcent.

(De*mul"cent), n. (Med.) A substance, usually of a mucilaginous or oily nature, supposed to be capable of soothing an inflamed nervous membrane, or protecting it from irritation. Gum Arabic, glycerin, olive oil, etc., are demulcents.

(De*mul"sion) n. The act of soothing; that which soothes. Feltham.

(Dem"on*stra`tor) n. [L.: cf. F. démonstrateur.]

1. One who demonstrates; one who proves anything with certainty, or establishes it by indubitable evidence.

2. (Anat.) A teacher of practical anatomy.

(De*mon"stra*to*ry) a. Tending to demonstrate; demonstrative. Johnson.

(De*mor"age) n. Demurrage. [Obs.] Pepys

(De*mor`al*i*za"tion) n. [Cf. F. démoralisation.] The act of corrupting or subverting morals. Especially: The act of corrupting or subverting discipline, courage, hope, etc., or the state of being corrupted or subverted in discipline, courage, etc.; as, the demoralization of an army or navy.

(De*mor"al*ize) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Demoralized ; p. pr. & vb. n. Demoralizing.] [F. démoraliser; pref. dé- (L. dis- or de) + moraliser. See Moralize.] To corrupt or undermine in morals; to destroy or lessen the effect of moral principles on; to render corrupt or untrustworthy in morals, in discipline, in courage, spirit, etc.; to weaken in spirit or efficiency.

The demoralizing example of profligate power and prosperous crime.

The vices of the nobility had demoralized the army.

(Dem`os*then"ic) a. [L. Demosthenicus: cf. F. Démosthénique.] Pertaining to, or in the style of, Demosthenes, the Grecian orator.

(De*mot"ic) a. [Gr. dhmotiko`s, fr. dh^mos the people: cf. F. démotique.] Of or pertaining to the people; popular; common.

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