Demur

Definition of Demur

De`mur´
v. i.1.To linger; to stay; to tarry.
[imp. & p. p. Demurred ; p. pr. & vb. n. Demurring.]
Yet durst not demur nor abide upon the camp.
- Nicols.
2.To delay; to pause; to suspend proceedings or judgment in view of a doubt or difficulty; to hesitate; to put off the determination or conclusion of an affair.
Upon this rub, the English embassadors thought fit to demur.
- Hayward.
3.To scruple or object; to take exception, especailly on the basis of scruple or modesty; as, I demur to that statement; they wanted to make him president, but he demurred.
When introduced as the world's smartest man, he was not inclined to demur.
- Kip Thorne
4.(Law) To interpose a demurrer. See Demurrer, 2.
v. t.1.To suspend judgment concerning; to doubt of or hesitate about.
The latter I demur, for in their looks
Much reason, and in their actions, oft appears.
- Milton.
2.To cause delay to; to put off.
He demands a fee,
And then demurs me with a vain delay.
- Quarles.
n.1.Stop; pause; hesitation as to proceeding; suspense of decision or action; scruple.
All my demurs but double his attacks;
At last he whispers, "Do; and we go snacks."
- Pope.

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