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 for Demotic
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Demotic \De*mot"ic\, a. [Gr. dhmotiko`s, fr. dh^mos the people:
     cf. F. d['e]motique.]
     Of or pertaining to the people; popular; common.
     [1913 Webster]
  
     Demotic alphabet or Demotic character, a form of writing
        used in Egypt after six or seven centuries before Christ,
        for books, deeds, and other such writings; a simplified
        form of the hieratic character; -- called also
        epistolographic character, and enchorial character.
        See Enchorial.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  Demotic
      adj 1: of or written in or belonging to the form of modern Greek
             based on colloquial use
      2: of or for the common people; "demotic entertainments";
         "demotic speech"; "a poet with a keen ear for demotic
         rhythms"
      n 1: a simplified cursive form of the ancient hieratic script;
           "Demotic script was eventually replaced by Greek" [syn:
           Demotic, Demotic script]
      2: the modern Greek vernacular [syn: Romaic, Demotic]

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