Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Demi-tasse noun [ French, half cup.] A small cup for, or of, black coffee.

Demisable adjective [ From Demise .] (Law) Capable of being leased; as, a demisable estate.

Demise noun [ French démettre , past participle démis , démise , to put away, lay down; prefix dé- (L. de or dis- ) + mettre to put, place, lay, from Latin mittere to send. See Mission , and confer Dismiss , Demit .]
1. Transmission by formal act or conveyance to an heir or successor; transference; especially, the transfer or transmission of the crown or royal authority to a successor.

2. The decease of a royal or princely person; hence, also, the death of any illustrious person.

After the demise of the Queen [ of George II.], in 1737, they [ drawing- rooms] were held but twice a week.
P. Cunningham.

3. (Law) The conveyance or transfer of an estate, either in fee for life or for years, most commonly the latter. Bouvier.

» The demise of the crown is a transfer of the crown, royal authority, or kingdom, to a successor. Thus, when Edward IV. was driven from his throne for a few months by the house of Lancaster, this temporary transfer of his dignity was called a demise . Thus the natural death of a king or queen came to be denominated a demise , as by that event the crown is transferred to a successor. Blackstone.

Demise and redemise , a conveyance where there are mutual leases made from one to another of the same land, or something out of it.

Syn. -- Death; decease; departure. See Death .

Demise transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Demised ; present participle & verbal noun Demising .]
1. To transfer or transmit by succession or inheritance; to grant or bestow by will; to bequeath. "Power to demise my lands." Swift.

What honor
Canst thou demise to any child of mine?

2. To convey; to give. [ R.]

His soul is at his conception demised to him.

3. (Law) To convey, as an estate, by lease; to lease.

Demisemiquaver noun (Mus.) A short note, equal in time to the half of a semiquaver, or the thirty-second part of a whole note.

Demiss adjective [ Latin demissus , past participle of demittere .] Cast down; humble; submissive. [ Obsolete]

He down descended like a most demiss
And abject thrall.

Demission noun [ Latin demissio , from demittere . See Demit .]
1. The act of demitting, or the state of being demitted; a letting down; a lowering; dejection. " Demission of mind." Hammond.

Demission of sovereign authority.

2. Resignation of an office. [ Scot.]

Demissionary adjective
1. Pertaining to transfer or conveyance; as, a demissionary deed.

2. Tending to lower, depress, or degrade.

Demissive adjective [ See Demiss .] Downcast; submissive; humble. [ R.]

They pray with demissive eyelids.
Lord (1630).

Demissly adverb In a humble manner. [ Obsolete]

Demisuit noun (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.

Demit transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Demitted ; present participle & verbal noun Demitting .] [ Latin demittere to send or bring down, to lower; de- + mittere to send. Confer 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.

Demit intransitive verb [ French démettre to remove, se démettre to resign; dé- (L. dis- ) + mettre to put, from Latin mittere to send. Confer Dismiss .] To lay down or relinquish an office, membership, authority, or the like; to resign, as from a Masonic lodge; -- generally used with an implication that the act is voluntary.

Demit noun The act of demitting; also, a letter, certificate, or the like, certifying that a person has (honorably) demitted, as from a Masonic lodge.

Demitint noun (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 .

Demitone noun (Mus.) Semitone. [ R.]

Demiurge noun [ Greek 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.

Demiurgic adjective [ Greek dhmioyrgiko`s .] Pertaining to a demiurge; formative; creative. " Demiurgic power." De Quincey.

Demivill noun (Old Law) A half vill, consisting of five freemen or frankpledges. Blackstone.

Demivolt noun [ Confer French 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.

Demiwolf noun A half wolf; a mongrel dog, between a dog and a wolf. Shak.

Demobilization noun [ Confer French 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.

Demobilize transitive verb [ Confer French démobiliser .] (Mil.) To disorganize, or disband and send home, as troops which have been mobilized .

Democracy (de*mŏk"rȧ*sȳ) noun ; plural Democracies (- sĭz). [ French démocratie , from Greek 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.

2. Government by popular representation; a form of government in which the supreme power is retained by the people, but is indirectly exercised through a system of representation and delegated authority periodically renewed; a constitutional representative government; a republic.

3. Collectively, the people, regarded as the source of government. Milton.

4. The principles and policy of the Democratic party, so called. [ U.S.]

Democrat (dĕm"o*krăt) noun [ Confer French démocrate .]
1. One who is an adherent or advocate of democracy, or government by the people.

Whatever they call him, what care I,
Aristocrat, democrat , autocrat.

2. A member of the Democratic party. [ U.S.]

Democrat noun A large light uncovered wagon with two or more seats. [ U. S.]

Democratic adjective [ Greek ...: confer French démocratique .]
1. Pertaining to democracy; favoring democracy, or constructed upon the principle of government by the people.

2. Relating to a political party so called.

3. Befitting the common people; -- opposed to aristocratic .

The Democratic party , the name of one of the chief political parties in the United States.

Democratical adjective Democratic.

The democratical embassy was democratically received.
Algernon Sidney.

Democratically adverb In a democratic manner.

Democratism noun The principles or spirit of a democracy. [ R.]

Democratist noun A democrat. [ R.] Burke.

Democratize transitive verb To render democratic.

Democraty noun Democracy. [ Obsolete] Milton.

Demogorgon (dē"mo*gôr*gŏn or dĕm"o*gôr*gŏn) noun [ First mentioned by Lutatius, or Lactantius Placidus, the scholiast on Statius, perhaps from Greek dai`mwn god, deity + gorgo`s fierce, terrible] A mysterious, terrible, and evil divinity, regarded by some as the author of creation, by others as a great magician who was supposed to command the spirits of the lower world. See Gorgon .

Orcus and Ades, and the dreaded name
Of Demogorgon .

Demography (de*mŏg"rȧfȳ) noun [ Greek dh^mos the people + - graphy .] The study of races, as to births, marriages, mortality, health, etc. -- Dem`o*graph"ic , adjective

Demoiselle noun [ French See Damsel .]
1. A young lady; a damsel; a lady's maid.

2. (Zoology) The Numidian crane ( Anthropoides virgo ); -- so called on account of the grace and symmetry of its form and movements.

3. (Zoology) A beautiful, small dragon fly of the genus Agrion .

Demolish transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Demolished ; present participle & verbal noun Demolishing .] [ French démolir , from Latin demoliri , past participle 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.

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.

Demolisher noun One who, or that which, demolishes; as, a demolisher of towns.

Demolishment noun Demolition.

Demolition noun [ Latin demolitio , from demoliri : confer French 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.

Demolitionist noun A demolisher. [ R.] Carlyle.

Demon noun [ French démon , Latin daemon a spirit, an evil spirit, from Greek ... a divinity; of uncertain origin.]
1. (Gr. Antiq.) A spirit, or immaterial being, holding a middle place between men and deities in pagan mythology.

The demon kind is of an intermediate nature between the divine and the human.

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.

Demoness noun A female demon.

Demonetization noun The act of demonetizing, or the condition of being demonetized.

Demonetize transitive verb To deprive of current value; to withdraw from use, as money.

They [ gold mohurs] have been completely demonetized by the [ East India] Company.
R. Cobden.

Demoniac noun
1. A human being possessed by a demon or evil spirit; one whose faculties are directly controlled by a demon.

The demoniac in the gospel was sometimes cast into the fire.

2. (Eccl. Hist.) One of a sect of Anabaptists who maintain that the demons or devils will finally be saved.

Demoniac, Demoniacal adjective [ Latin daemoniacus , from daemon ; confer French démoniaque . See Demon .]
1. Pertaining to, or characteristic of, a demon or evil spirit; devilish; as, a demoniac being; demoniacal practices.

Sarcastic, demoniacal laughter.

2. Influenced or produced by a demon or evil spirit; as, demoniac or demoniacal power. " Demoniac frenzy." Milton.

Demoniacally adverb In a demoniacal manner.

Demoniacism noun The state of being demoniac, or the practices of demoniacs.

Demonial adjective Of or pertaining to a demon. [ Obsolete] Cudworth.