Definition of demurral in English:



mass noun
  • The action of demurring.

    ‘words of demurral’
    • ‘Then, blithely ignoring Barksdale's demurral, he ordered: ‘Report on Monday.’’
    • ‘Despite the cloak of principle in the country's polite demurral, the decision was actually based on calculations of realpolitik, both global and domestic.’
    • ‘In spite of Mitton's demurral that he lacks the historian's credentials needed for a definitive biography, he has mined a wealth of personal papers, oral histories, and other primary sources with skill and flair.’
    • ‘There seem to have been no demurrals to this action, which (from the perspective of ninety years) appears not to name the building for the donor at all.’
    • ‘And there had been no demurral; not even any whispered private remarks.’
    • ‘The old man cut away the demurral with a choppy gesture.’
    • ‘Yes, yes,’ she insisted over Michael's demurral. ‘I can tell.’
    • ‘Today, however, he discussed my demurral on the air in such a way that indicated he had not read my letter.’
    • ‘Last week the Yorkshire Post reported a bit of demurral at a report which said Selby prices had gone up 66 per cent in 2002.’
    • ‘A member of the audience piped up to suggest that O'Donnell's position as pro-tort reform was clear enough, despite his demurral.’
    • ‘It wasn't in her nature to be coy or self-effacing; she couldn't bring herself to make a polite demurral or plead incompetence where she had none.’
    • ‘Despite the demurrals of wistful theocrats, separation of church and state is an even better idea today than it was in 1791, when the First Amendment was duly ratified.’
    • ‘But at the risk of having Ruddy relegate me once more to the old folks' bench in Theology Park, I would also like to register a demurral or two.’
    • ‘But that note of fastidious demurral is unmistakably his.’
    • ‘For two days, I fielded his calls with excuses, demurrals and, when that failed, hang-ups.’
    • ‘The claim that public art has not been given serious aesthetic or political attention in Chicago may draw demurrals.’
    objection, protest, protestation, complaint, dispute, dissent, carping, cavilling, recalcitrance, opposition, resistance
    View synonyms