1. Of or relating to the common people; popular: demotic speech; demotic entertainments.
2. Of, relating to, or written in the simplified form of ancient Egyptian hieratic writing.
3. Demotic Of or relating to a form of modern Greek based on colloquial use.
[Greek dēmotikos, from dēmotēs, a commoner, from dēmos, people; see dā- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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