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DEMOTIC , a term, meaning popular, specially applied to that cursive script of the ancient Egyptian language used for business and literary purposes, - for the people. It is opposed to "hieratic" , the script, an abridged form of the hieroglyphic, used in transcribing the religious texts. (See Writing, and Egypt: II., Ancient, D. Language and Writing.)

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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