noun Etymology: Late Latin demiurgus, from Greek dēmiourgos, literally, artisan, one with special skill, from dēmios of the people (from dēmos people) + -ourgos worker (from ergon work) — more at demagogue, work Date: 1840 1. capitalized a. a Platonic subordinate deity who fashions the sensible world in the light of eternal ideas b. a Gnostic subordinate deity who is the creator of the material world 2. one that is an autonomous creative force or decisive power • demiurgic also demiurgical adjective

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  • demiurge — [dem′ē ʉrj΄] n. [Gr dēmiourgos, one who works for the people, skilled workman, creator < dēmios, belonging to the people < demos, the people: see DEMOCRACY) + ergos, worker (see WORK)] 1. [often D ] a) in Platonism, a deity or creative… …   English World dictionary

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  • demiurge — demiurgeous /dem ee err jeuhs/, demiurgic, demiurgical, adj. demiurgically, adv. /dem ee errj /, n. 1. Philos. a. Platonism. the artificer of the world. b. (in the Gnostic and certain other systems) a supernatural being imagined as creating or… …   Universalium

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  • Demiurge — noun a) The subordinate being that fashions the perceptible world in the light of eternal ideas. For the rest, we meet in the Demiurge of the Valentinians all the traits of the world god with which we have by now become familiar and can therefore …   Wiktionary

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