Definition of demiurge in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdemēˌərj/


1A being responsible for the creation of the universe, in particular.
1.1(In Platonic philosophy) the Maker or Creator of the world.
Example sentences
  • Interwoven with these references to an almost Platonic demiurge are appeals to the selecting power of an active ‘Nature’.
  • A certain mystique attached to the word as a result of analogies often drawn between the creative activity of the artist and the creation of the world by the deity or by a Platonic demiurge in accordance with Ideas or prototypes.
  • Western concepts of God have ranged from the detached transcendent demiurge of Aristotle to the pantheism of Spinoza.
1.2(In Gnosticism and other theological systems) a heavenly being, subordinate to the Supreme Being, that is considered to be the controller of the material world and antagonistic to all that is purely spiritual.
Example sentences
  • The Gnostics thought that the God worshiped by most Christians was a demiurge or usurper.
  • Call it the demiurge cycle, after the Gnostic notion that our world is governed by a mad ersatz God.
  • Gnostic teaching distinguished between a perfect and remote divine being and an imperfect demiurge who had created suffering.



Pronunciation: /ˌdemēˈərjik/
Example sentences
  • He is here just a trace-copyist, a technician without a smudge of demiurgic imagination.
  • Man is occasionally represented as having been framed out of a piece of the body of the Creator, or made by some demiurgic potter out of clay.
  • Pluto is an intellectual demiurgic god, who frees souls from generation.


Pronunciation: /ˌdemēˈərjikəl/
Example sentences
  • Barney's demiurgical universe of the nearly normal and utterly bizarre makes viewers anxious for more.
  • But the tree of life becomes a vehicle of bondage and dependence established by the demiurgical realm.
  • It is easy to be impressed with our demiurgical abilities and to believe we can mold digital technology however we desire.


Early 17th century (denoting a magistrate in certain ancient Greek states): via ecclesiastical Latin from Greek dēmiourgos 'craftsman', from dēmios 'public' (from dēmos 'people') + -ergos 'working'.

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Syllabification: dem·i·urge

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