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 History of this Word

"demi" is from "dimidius" (half) spoken by ancient people in central Italy around 700 B.C.


In this sense, it is a word added to another word to form a new word.

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grammar is modifier

"demi-" is a type of prefix


A prefix added to the start of a word. Indicates that "half" or "partly" modifies the word. Created to expand meanings. Can be used with many words to form new words.

Examples of how the word is used

demi- illustration He caused the horse to make a demivolte across the path.
demi- illustration Some thought him a demigod- others a charlatan.