V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: (v.) 1. to delay or try to avoid doing something because of personal reservations or objections; 2. to object mildly; (n.) a formal objection, especially in law
Synonyms: (v.) doubt, hesitate, balk, disagree, object, waver, pause, (n.) objection, hesitation, refusal, disagreement
Antonyms: (v.) agree, consent, (n.) agreement, acceptance
Tips: Demur comes from the Latin word moreri, "to linger." It can mean "to hesitate, pause, or express doubt" when asked to make a decision. It can also mean "to flat-out disagree with or object to" someone else's decision. In law, it refers to a formal objection made in the court room. Do NOT confuse demur with the adjective demure with an "e," which means "shy."
Even though the vote was almost unanimous, Sean felt he should demur in the interest of taking more time to study the matter. (pause, hesitate) verb
Anne and Sheila wanted to see the movie 'Titanic,' but Joe and Bob demurred, saying they would rather see 'Attack of the Slime Creature.' (disagreed, objected) verb
The prosecution demurred when the defense attorney wanted to call a witness who was not previously mentioned. (objected) verb
There was demur in her eyes even though she stated her agreement. (hesitation, disagreement) noun
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