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Demure is an adjective used to describe someone who is reserved, modest, or shy.

Demur is a verb that means “to delay” or “to object.” Lawyers will use demur to describe the act of entering a demurrer, a motion to dismiss a case.

You should take care to pronounce these words correctly: demure rhymes with pure; demur rhymes with purr.

Example: The demure young film star might demur at the suggestion that she perform her own stunts.

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