Adjective "demurred" definition and examples

(Demurred may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/dɪˈməː/

Definitions and examples

verb

Raise objections or show reluctance.
  1. '‘Gee, Bob,’ Fisher smartly demurred, ‘I'm not sure if that's advisable at this point.’'
  2. '‘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.'
  3. 'She's not unmoved, but demurs because she doesn't want to complicate their arrangement.'
  4. 'Yet every time he's asked about his influence, English demurs, deflects all credit onto the team, the players.'
  5. 'Greenspan agreed with his diagnosis, but demurred.'
  6. '‘Not because I'm the best, but because I'm the fastest,’ he demurs in his New York-via-Edinburgh accent.'
  7. '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.'
  8. '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’.'
  9. 'Humans, she demurs, are not accustomed to such ‘rapid changes,’ as she terminates the relationship.'
  10. '‘No, no,’ he demurs, waving his hands in front of his face.'
  11. '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.'
  12. '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.'
  13. 'I would not demur at all from what your Honour says.'

noun

The action of objecting to or hesitating over something.
  1. '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.'
  2. '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.'
  3. 'Those of us who demur are labelled ‘self-haters’.'

More definitions

1. to make objection, especially on the grounds of scruples; take exception; object: They wanted to make him the treasurer, but he demurred.

2. Law. to interpose a demurrer.

3. Archaic. to linger; hesitate. noun

4. the act of making objection.

5. an objection raised.

6. hesitation.

7. Law. Obsolete. a demurrer.

More examples(as adjective)

"backs can be demurred."

Origin

(demur)Middle English (in the sense ‘linger, delay’): from Old French demourer (verb), demeure (noun), based on Latin de- ‘away, completely’ + morari ‘delay’.