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 the Appendix of Indo-European roots) + ergos, worker (from ergon, work; see werg- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots).]
dem′i·urgeous (-ûrjəs), dem′i·urgic (-jĭk), dem′i·urgi·cal (-jĭ-kəl) adj.
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