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1. A powerful creative force or personality.
2. A public magistrate in some ancient Greek states.
3. Demiurge A deity in Gnosticism, Manichaeism, and other religions who creates the material world and is often viewed as the originator of evil.
4. Demiurge A Platonic deity who orders or fashions the material world out of chaos.

[Late Latin dēmiurgus, from Greek dēmiourgos, artisan : dēmios, public (from dēmos, people; see dā- in Indo-European roots) + ergos, worker (from ergon, work; see werg- in Indo-European roots).]

dem′i·ur′geous (-ûr′jəs), dem′i·ur′gic (-jĭk), dem′i·ur′gi·cal (-jĭ-kəl) adj.
dem′i·ur′gi·cal·ly adv.
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(ˈdɛmɪˌɜːdʒ; ˈdiː-) or


1. (Philosophy)
a. (in the philosophy of Plato) the creator of the universe
b. (in Gnostic and some other philosophies) the creator of the universe, supernatural but subordinate to the Supreme Being
2. (Law) (in ancient Greece) a magistrate with varying powers found in any of several states
[C17: from Church Latin dēmiūrgus, from Greek dēmiourgos skilled workman, literally: one who works for the people, from dēmos people + ergon work]
ˌdemiˈurgeous, ˌdemiˈurgic, ˌdemiˈurgical adj
ˌdemiˈurgically adv
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(ˈdɛm iˌɜrdʒ)

a. (in Platonism) the artificer of the world.
b. (in Gnostic and other systems) a subordinate supernatural being who created the world and is regarded as the creator of evil.
2. (in ancient Greece) a public official or magistrate.
[1590–1600; < Greek dēmiourgós artisan, public official =dḗmio(s) of the people (derivative of dêmos the people) + -orgos, akin to érgon work]
dem`i•ur′gi•cal•ly, adv.
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Noun1.demiurge - a subordinate deity, in some philosophies the creator of the universe
deity, divinity, god, immortal - any supernatural being worshipped as controlling some part of the world or some aspect of life or who is the personification of a force
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The demiurge as world-crafting deity synchronizes astronomical regularities with ideas and ideals of human rationality and a good society; cosmic teleology, meanwhile, explains how within an ensouled and intelligent creation cosmology, ethics, and politics can be related.
Her contrast between O'Connell as demiurge of Catholic nationalism and Young Ireland nonsectarianism elides theory and practice.
Nevertheless, even Milton Friedman, the main ideologue of the free-market as social demiurge, was convinced about the necessity of some kind of a progressive tax regime.
Star Maker leaves the territory of science fiction and ventures into the realm of high myth as the narrator, joined by the disembodied minds of many worlds, searches for the demiurge, a being that creates universes for its own amusement and produces better and more complex works over time.
The tradition of the terribile, developed for the representation of the marvelous, could end up supplying not only the techniques (Buch includes Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven as beneficiaries) but also the romantic construction of the composer as a demiurge. Or, from a different angle, it was the combination of the galant and the terribile that gave rise to the classic-romantic musical style.
did, as a putrid hell ruled by a malevolent lesser demon, or demiurge.
Neither demiurge, king, nor president of his own imaginary territory, Adal merely works for his own creation like any other bureaucrat--his latest self refashioning.
Richard Nixon, says Perlstein, was the perfect demiurge for this fracturing, as a man consumed by the very middle-class striver resentment of liberal elites and their political clients that he so successfully elicited in the electorate.
But Schroeder misses the point when she suggests that Shenoute argued with Gnostics based on his use of the term "demiurge." As in Athanasius and many Coptic tomb inscriptions, this is a term for God the Creator (read "they should not say humanity is evil; because it was created by the Demiurge, it is very good" [101, n.
From the whole of the document it is clear that this is a reference to the god of the OT, the so-called Demiurge, who is seen as the bad god who created the imperfect world.
Cornford suggests that, after the generation of time and its parts, the various astronomical entities were generated 'to define and preserve the numbers of time' (105); but better sense is gained, for reasons to be discussed below, that it was after the generation of time and its infinity of parts that the Demiurge generated, on behalf of time (i.e., as an indication of its value (19)), the various astronomical entities for the sake of distinguishing and preserving numbers.