Misused Words

Demur and Demure

Demur, a verb, means to show reluctance to do something or to hesitate to do something.

The boss wanted to fire the employee because he demurred at working overtime.

Demure, an adjective, means shyly modest or pretending to be shyly modest.

The young driver was demure when she was stopped by the policeman.
Practice

Choose the correct answer for each of the two practice sentences below by clicking on the correct answer.

(1) The young girl was (demur, demure) in the presence of the politician.

(2) If you (demur, demure) when he extends the invitation, he will withdraw it.

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