demur vs demure

demur demure


  • 1) Stop; pause; hesitation as to proceeding; suspense of decision or action; scruple.
  • 2) The act of demurring.
  • 3) Exception (taken); objection (urged).
  • 4) Stop; pause; hesitation as to proceeding or decision.
  • 5) intransitive To delay; to pause; to suspend proceedings or judgment in view of a doubt or difficulty; to hesitate; to put off the determination or conclusion of an affair.
  • 6) intransitive, obsolete To linger; to stay; to tarry
  • 7) transitive, obsolete To suspend judgment concerning; to doubt of or hesitate about
  • 8) intransitive, law To interpose a demurrer.
  • 9) intransitive To scruple or object; to take exception; to oppose; to balk
  • 10) transitive, obsolete To cause delay to; to put off
  • 11) enter a demurrer
  • 12) To hesitate; suspend proceedings; delay conclusion or action.
  • 13) To have or suggest scruples or difficulties; object irresolutely; take exception: as, they demurred to our proposals.
  • 14) To put off; delay; keep in suspense.
  • 15) To doubt of; scruple concerning; hesitate about: as, “to demur obedience,”
  • 16) To delay; linger; tarry.
  • 17) In law, to interpose a demurrer.
  • 18) Law To enter a demurrer.
  • 19) To voice opposition; object: synonym: object.
  • 20) Archaic To delay.
  • 21) obsolete To linger; to stay; to tarry.
  • 22) (Law) To interpose a demurrer. See Demurrer, 2.
  • 23) To delay; to pause; to suspend proceedings or judgment in view of a doubt or difficulty; to hesitate; to put off the determination or conclusion of an affair.
  • 24) To scruple or object; to take exception, especailly on the basis of scruple or modesty.
  • 25) obsolete To cause delay to; to put off.
  • 26) obsolete To suspend judgment concerning; to doubt of or hesitate about.


  • 1) Quiet, modest, reserved, sober, or serious.
  • 2) Characterized by or suggestive of reserve or modesty.
  • 3) Modest and reserved in manner or behavior.
  • 4) Affectedly modest, decorous, or serious; making a show of gravity.
  • 5) Of sober or serious mien; composed and decorous in bearing; of modest look; staid; grave.
  • 6) obsolete To look demurely.
  • 7) To look with reserve or bashfulness.
  • 8) Sober; grave; modest; formally decorous: as, a demure look.
  • 9) Affectedly modest; making a demonstration of gravity or decorum.


  • 1) And then your wife goes and lets you down...' He didn't demur.
  • 2) The Eagle was hardly in a position to object: but when he did demur, more for the look of it than for any other reason, Razan grunted.
  • 3) Once again she accepted without demur, with the proviso that he stop first at her place for a pre-dinner drink.
  • 4) Moodie requested the use of a sofa for me during the night; but even that produced a demur from the landlord.
  • 5) In the midst of an interesting Spiked essay on the disconcerting popularity of “denier” (as in “Holocaust denier”) as an increasingly broad descriptor for people who demur from the majority view on issues like climate change, Frank Furedi has a passing remark about how we increasingly tend to suppress overtly moral rhetoric, to conceal the normative claims we’re making:
  • 6) They generally respond with a "demur" which is an attack on your complaint.
  • 7) A large proportion of those who demur from indicating a formal religious affiliation believe religion is important, pray regularly, and even attend a given congregation on occasion.
  • 8) How else would potential 2012 Republican presidential candidates such as Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee, Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich and -- more recently -- Donald Trump "wink" at the birthers, play coy, demur or dodge the issue; allude to the President's "Kenyan roots and connections," but never categorically discredit the birther movement?
  • 9) It cost to get in, and it was home time for me, so I tried to demur, but, No. I pay.
  • 10) Too often we demur praise, or will not praise ourselves.
  • 11) Let us not demur, internets, I have a record to beat!
  • 12) ‘‘I'm not a very good close reader of my own work,’ she demurs when asked to explain the meaning of an incident near the end of The Namesake.’
  • 13) ‘Yet Stevenson demurs mildly, and says diplomatically: ‘I think actors often improvise in character in a scripted film, so it's not that unusual.’’
  • 14) ‘When asked the age of her son she cheerfully demurs, claiming with some justification that such questions are normally only asked as a way of deducing her own age - dangerous information, which most sopranos prefer to keep to themselves.’
  • 15) ‘He demurs: ‘Losing a battle does not mean you will lose the war.’’
  • 16) ‘‘I'm not interested in Hollywood,’ she demurs.’
  • 17) ‘He demurs: any movement of a certain size will attract people who are ‘a bit fanatical’ but ‘you're never going to agree with all of them’.’
  • 18) ‘‘Not because I'm the best, but because I'm the fastest,’ he demurs in his New York-via-Edinburgh accent.’
  • 19) ‘‘No, no,’ he demurs, waving his hands in front of his face.’
  • 20) ‘Humans, she demurs, are not accustomed to such ‘rapid changes,’ as she terminates the relationship.’
  • 21) ‘‘I couldn't possibly tell you,’ he demurs, looking vaguely embarrassed.’
  • 22) ‘He demurs on the idea of stiffer criminal penalties, but suggests there may be a need for more sentencing guidelines on civil fraud and failed audits.’
  • 23) ‘‘I don't think I'll ever be in such a big hit as that again, because that's impossible,’ she demurs.’
  • 24) ‘Keyes agrees the anthology ‘is very revealing’, but demurs from the notion her writing is closely tied to her experience.’
  • 25) ‘Yet every time he's asked about his influence, English demurs, deflects all credit onto the team, the players.’
  • 26) ‘She's not unmoved, but demurs because she doesn't want to complicate their arrangement.’
  • 27) ‘‘Gee, Bob,’ Fisher smartly demurred, ‘I'm not sure if that's advisable at this point.’’
  • 28) ‘‘I can't tell you,’ he demurred during the salad course.’
  • 29) ‘‘So I've heard,’ I demurred, moving farther down the aisle in search of something for my own late night viewing.’
  • 30) ‘‘You'll have to talk to the industry spokespeople about that,’ he demurred.’
  • 31) ‘Greenspan agreed with his diagnosis, but demurred.’
  • 32) ‘The defendant could not have demurred to the plaintiff's declaration, which would have shown a perfectly good cause of action, and, unless the defendant set up something to defeat the claim, the action would have been maintainable.’
  • 33) ‘The reference in the final sentence of this passage is to the fact that the claimants had not demurred to the ten heads of particulars pleaded by the newspaper in support of meaning, namely grounds for investigation.’
  • 34) ‘It can be dealt with in the ordinary way and if the Judge who hears the matter thinks there is anything in it, well, it will proceed to trial or maybe the Commonwealth will demur or you will demur, as the case may be.’
  • 35) ‘I would not demur at all from what your Honour says.’
  • 36) ‘Indeed, although this is not before the Court, I am sure my learned friend would not demur at my reading it - we have copies for the Court.’
  • 37) ‘Those of us who demur are labelled ‘self-haters’.’
  • 38) ‘Much, and much of the best, criticism in the past decade has been thus motivated; we now know a poet less quaint, less demur, and more politically engaged than previous generations might have imagined.’
  • 39) ‘Prudie has long felt that the reflexive, polite demur is not necessary when people are impertinently out of line, either with their advice or their questions.’
  • 40) ‘Workers and unions are enjoined to accept wage cuts without too much demur, provided they are satisfied jobs would be saved.’
  • 41) ‘You can plead by way of reply and demur, can you not?’


  • 1) This season is apparently about looking demure in a dress.
  • 2) Indeed, the website looks positively demure.
  • 3) I suppose all mums like their daughters to look demure and mine is no different.
  • 4) He is quiet and demure.
  • 5) Above his head, Jasmine curls her body into a Scorpion, her expression demure, bordering on bashful.
  • 6) All that tenderest care and kindest heart could suggest was done to make me comfortable by my kind hosts; and the cavalcade of retainers, with which I had come out so gayly, followed in demure silence.
  • 7) McCain makes the Bush daughters look demure, which is a shame: we had so much hope for them taking over their father's mantle, but McCain looks like she will be fun too.
  • 8) She actually envied the simplicity of Lucy Morris, for whom she delighted to find evil names, calling her demure, a prig, a sly puss, and so on.
  • 9) Morris, for whom she delighted to find evil names, calling her demure, a prig, a sly puss, and so on.
  • 10) Both very, very -- kind of demure and kind of quiet.
  • 11) It peeps out, even in the most serious passages, in a kind of demure rebellion against the fanaticism of his remorseless intelligence.
  • 12) In repose, it had a look of having just finished saying something humorous, a kind of demure appreciation of itself.
  • 13) ‘One otherwise perfectly demure woman jumped onto a chair, gesturing frantically.’
  • 14) ‘I mean, I thought I'd get nice, small questions from quiet, demure girls that would be too shy to ask anything, really.’
  • 15) ‘We saw them transformed from calm, demure ladies to bears protecting their cubs when the neighborhood bully was on our heels.’
  • 16) ‘The one person who evokes sympathy is Bruce's demure wife.’
  • 17) ‘She was the lone female wrestler of the evening but she was not your average demure lady.’
  • 18) ‘The small demure woman who had taken her letter led Miri through a narrow hallway, which sloped downward and seemed to shrink as they progressed down it.’
  • 19) ‘They were all speechless, ignoring the delicious food before them, and watched the demure girl glide across the floor towards the zither.’
  • 20) ‘He had heard it said that her innocent demeanour combined with her intelligent mind made her a refreshing change from mindlessly demure damsels.’
  • 21) ‘How could she be so demure one second, and such a raging animal the next?’
  • 22) ‘A short, demure girl stepped away from the teacher, her hands nervously clasped in front of her.’
  • 23) ‘Beatrice was demure, reserved, enjoyed those tedious dinner parties of state, and seemed content to spend her afternoons bent over needlework.’
  • 24) ‘She taught her how to act polite, demure, obedient and respectful.’
  • 25) ‘Rivka's desire is rebellious and demonstrates a strong will hidden beyond a demure and feminine modesty.’
  • 26) ‘She approached them steadily, trying to remember to be a demure and proper young lady.’
  • 27) ‘I'd intended to be mature and sedate and demure and just wistfully watch the young guests from afar.’
  • 28) ‘Piper had always been perceived as demure, innocent, sweet.’
  • 29) ‘Dårlig is a small, white slip behind him, radiant, demure, almost embarrassed by the attention she and her husband are receiving.’
  • 30) ‘Pierre's own Chagall in this show is a Paris canvas of 1911, The betrothed, an evocation of the artist's fiancée in Russia dressed as a demure veiled bride.’
  • 31) ‘Judith's virtue is indicated by the demure clothing and veil that cover her from head to toe while Holofernes, in contrast, is almost naked.’
  • 32) ‘It had straps, so it showed a bit of her shoulders, but the dress was demure.’
  • 33) ‘While the red dress was provocative and outrageous, this dress was demure and conservative, not exposing much of anything.’
  • 34) ‘Sure she was wiry, but her businesslike combination of grey slacks and white blouse suggested someone quite demure.’
  • 35) ‘Yokes and sleeves are obvious choices for a peek-a-boo look, and for evening or vacation wear, consider a midriff inset in a seductive sheer or demure lace.’
  • 36) ‘On that occasion she relentlessly scrounged, albeit in a sweetly demure fashion, cigarettes from all and sundry, suggesting a certain profligacy towards other people's property.’
  • 37) ‘Delicious and demure the dress is successfully re-mastered in a season where soft femininity is the story of the day.’
  • 38) ‘Sipping a coffee and wearing a demure blue shirt, she does not look like a woman who has influenced a world leader.’
  • 39) ‘A demure figure in gloves and lace-trimmed dress, the queen is rising from her throne, revealing a small foot.’
  • 40) ‘The dress was made of white Duchesse satin and had a form-fitting bodice with a demure boat neckline.’
  • 41) ‘Today his shirt is a demure cream colour, and his pants are beige, with a funny cut from two generations ago.’
  • 42) ‘Anne, looking demure in a little black dress, took the microphone in front of a backdrop advertising Herriot Country to thank voters for her increased majority.’
  • 43) ‘She's wearing a green plaid top, rather like the top half of a business suit, that manages to be both demure and revealing.’
  • 44) ‘Above the demure neckline of the simply cut dress, the girl's face was a pale oval.’
  • 45) ‘Was I supposed to find something appropriately frilly and covered in sequins, or should I wear something demure and modest?’
  • 46) ‘While she wore a modest and demure navy blue business suit, it was readily apparent that she was quite a lovely lady.’

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