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DELUDE, de-l[=u]d', _v.t._ to play or impose upon: to deceive.--_adj._ DELUD'ABLE.--_n._ DELUD'ER. [L. _delud[)e]re_, to play--_de_, down, _lud[)e]re_, _lusum_, to play.]

DELUGE, del'[=u]j, _n._ a great overflow of water: a flood: esp. that in the days of Noah.--_v.t._ to inundate: to overwhelm as with water.

[Fr.,--L. _diluvium_--_dilu[)e]re_--_dis_, away, _lu[)e]re_, to wash.]

DELUNDUNG, de-lun'dung, _n._ the weasel-cat of Java and Malacca, a small carnivore akin to the civet.

DELUSION, de-l[=u]'zhun, _n._ the act of deluding: the state of being deluded: a false belief: error.--_adj._ DEL[=U]'SIONAL, pertaining to delusions, afflicted with such.--_n._ DEL[=U]'SIONIST.--_adjs._ DEL[=U]'SIVE, DEL[=U]'SORY, apt or tending to delude: deceptive.--_adv._ DEL[=U]'SIVELY.--_n._ DEL[=U]'SIVENESS. [See DELUDE.]

DELVE, delv, _v.t._ and _v.i._ to dig with a spade.--_n._ (_Spens._) a place dug out, a ditch, a cave.--_n._ DELV'ER. [A.S. _delfan_, to dig; conn. with _dale_, _dell_.]

DEMAGNETISE, de-mag'net-[=i]z, _v.t._ to deprive of magnetic power.--_n._ DEMAGNETIS[=A]'TION.

DEMAGOGUE, dem'a-gog, _n._ a leader of the people: a popular and factious orator.--_adjs._ DEMAGOGIC, -AL (-goj').--_ns._ DEMAGOGISM, DEMAGOGUISM (dem'a-gog-ism); DEM'AGOGUERY, DEMAGOGY (-goj'). [Fr.,--Gr.

_d[=e]mog[=o]gos_--_d[=e]mos_, the people, _agogos_, leading--_agein_, to lead.]


DEMAND, d[=e]-mand', _v.t._ to claim: to ask earnestly or authoritatively: to call for: to question.--_n._ the asking for what is due: an asking for with authority: a claim: earnest inquiry.--_adj._ DEMAND'ABLE, that may be demanded.--_n._ DEMAND'ANT, one who demands: a plaintiff:--_fem._ DEMAND'RESS.--IN GREAT DEMAND, much sought after. [Fr.,--Low L.

_demand[=a]re_, to demand--L. _de_, from, and _mand[=a]re_, to put into one's charge.]

DEMARCATION, DEMARKATION, de-mark-[=a]'shun, _n._ the act of marking off or setting bounds to: division: a fixed limit.--_v.t._ DEMAR'CATE, to mark off or limit. [Fr.,--_de_, off, and _marquer_, to mark. See MARK.]

DEMATERIALISE, d[=e]-ma-t[=e]'ri-al-[=i]z, _v.t._ to deprive of material qualities.

DEME, d[=e]m, _n._ a subdivision of ancient Attica and of modern Greece, a township: (_biol._) any differentiated aggregate of cells. [Gr.


DEMEAN, de-m[=e]n', _v.t._ to conduct (with _self_): to behave.--_n._ DEMEANOUR, conduct--(_Spens._) DEMAYNE, DEMEASNURE. [O. Fr.

_demener_--_de_, inten., and _mener_, to lead--Low L. _min[=a]re_, to drive cattle, L. _min[=a]ri_, to threaten.]

DEMEAN, de-m[=e]n', _v.t._ to make mean: to lower. [More prob. on the analogy of _debase_, from _de_, and _mean_, low, than the same word as the preceding with specialised sense.]

DEMENT, de-ment', _v.t._ to drive crazy, render insane.--_adj._ insane, demented.--_n._ a demented person.--_v.t._ DEMENT'[=A]TE, to dement.--_p.adj._ DEMENT'ED, out of one's mind: insane: suffering from dementia. [L. _demens_, _dementis_, out of one's mind--_de_, from, and _mens_, the mind.]

DeMENTI, d[=a]-mong-t[=e], _n._ a contradiction. [Fr. _dementir_, to give the lie to.]

DEMENTIA, de-men'shi-a, _n._ general mental enfeeblement, with loss of memory, reason, feeling, and will: often the consequence of acute mania.

[L. _de_, neg., and _mens_, _mentis_, mind.]

DEMERIT, de-mer'it, _n._ ill-desert: fault: crime. [O. Fr. _demerite_, desert, also a fault--Low L. _demeritum_, a fault, _demer[=e]re_, to deserve--L. _de_, fully, _mer[=e]re_, to deserve.]

DEMERSED, d[=e]-merst', _adj._ (_bot._) growing under water.--_n._ DEMER'SION.

DEMESMERISE, de-mes'mer-[=i]z, _v.t._ to relieve from mesmeric influence.--_n._ DEMESMERIS[=A]'TION.

DEMESNE, de-m[=e]n', DEMAIN, de-m[=a]n', _n._ a manor-house, with lands adjacent to it not let out to tenants: any estate in land. [Forms of _domain_.]

DEMI-BASTION, dem'i-bast'yun, _n._ a kind of half-bastion, consisting of one face and one flank. [Fr. _demi_--L. _dimidius_, half, and _bastion_.]

DEMI-CADENCE, dem'i-k[=a]'dens, _n._ (_mus._) a half-cadence.

DEMI-CANNON, dem'i-kan'un, _n._ (_Shak._) an old gun which threw a ball of from 30 to 36 lbs.

DEMI-CULVERIN, dem'i-cul've-rin, _n._ an old kind of cannon which threw a shot of 9 or 10 lbs.

DEMI-DEIFY, dem'i-d[=e]'i-f[=i], _v.t._ to treat as a demi-god.

DEMI-DEVIL, dem'i-dev'il, _n._ a half-devil.

DEMI-DISTANCE, dem'i-dis'tans, _n._ (_fort._) the distance between the outward polygons and the flank.

DEMI-DITONE, dem'i-d[=i]-t[=o]n, _n._ (_mus._) a minor third.

DEMIGOD, dem'i-god, _n._ half a god: one whose nature is partly divine, esp. a hero fabled to be the offspring of a god and a mortal:--_fem._ DEM'I-GODD'ESS. [Fr. _demi_, half, and _god_.]

DEMI-GORGE, dem'i-gorj, _n._ (_fort._) the part of the polygon remaining after the flank is raised, going from the curtain to the angle of the polygon.

DEMI-JOHN, dem'i-jon, _n._ a glass bottle with a full body and narrow neck, enclosed in wicker-work. [Fr. _dame-jeanne_, Dame Jane, analogous to _Bellarmine_, _gray-beard_. Not from the town _Damaghan_.]

DEMI-LANCE, dem'i-lans, _n._ a short, light spear of the 16th century; a soldier armed with such a weapon.

DEMI-LUNE, dem'i-l[=oo]n, _n._ (_fort._) a half-moon: an old name for _Ravelin_. [L. _demi_, half, and Fr. _lune_--L. _luna_, the moon.]

DEMI-MONDE, dem'i-mond, _n._ women in an equivocal position, kept women: the prostitute class generally.

DEMIREP, dem'i-rep, _n._ a woman of dubious reputation.--_n._ DEM'IREPDOM, shady women collectively. [Said to be a contraction of _demi-reputation_.]

DEMISE, d[=e]-m[=i]z', _n._ a transferring: death, esp. of a sovereign or a distinguished person: a transfer of the crown or of an estate to a successor.--_v.t._ to send down to a successor: to bequeath by will.--_adj._ DEM[=I]'SABLE. [O. Fr. _demise_, pa.p. of _desmettre_, to lay down--L. _dimitt[)e]re_, to send away--L. _dis_, aside, and _mitt[)e]re_, _missum_, to send.]


DEMI-SEMIQUAVER, dem'i-sem'i-kw[=a]-v[.e]r, _n._ (_mus._) a note equal in time to the half of a semiquaver. [Fr. _demi_, half, and _semiquaver_.]

DEMISS, de-mis', _adj._ (_Spens._) humble. [L. _demissus_, pa.p. of _demitt[)e]re_. See DEMISE.]

DEMISSION, de-mish'un, _n._ a lowering: degradation: depression: relinquishment: resignation.--_adj._ DEMISS'IVE (_obs._), humble.--_adv._ DEMISS'LY. [L. _demission-em_. See DEMISE.]

DEMIT, de-mit', _v.t._ to dismiss: to relinquish: to resign. [See DEMISE.]

DEMIURGE, dem'i-urj, _n._ the maker of the world: among the Gnostics, the creator of the world and of man, subordinate to God the supreme--also DEMIUR'GUS.--_adj._ DEMIUR'GIC. [Gr. _d[=e]miourgos_--_d[=e]mos_, the people, and _ergon_, a work.]

DEMI-VOLT, dem'i-volt, _n._ a half-turn of a horse, the forelegs being raised in the air. [Fr. _demi-volte_--_demi_, half, and _volte_, a leap.


DEMI-WOLF, dem'i-woolf, _n._ (_Shak._) a half-wolf, the offspring of a dog and a wolf.

DEMOBILISE, de-mob'il-[=i]z, _v.t._ to take out of mobilisation: to disband.--_n._ DEMOBILIS[=A]'TION. [Fr.]

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