V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary


verb, noun

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."

Usage Examples:

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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