|diˈmər| v.intr. ( -murred , -murring ) raise doubts or objections or show reluctance : normally she would have accepted the challenge, but she demurred. n. [usu. with negative ] the action or process of objecting to or hesitating over something : they accepted this ruling without demur.
ORIGIN Middle English (in the sense [linger, delay] ): from Old French demourer (verb), demeure (noun), based on Latin de- ‘away, completely’ + morari ‘delay.’ (New Oxford American).
“Several Gulf states, including Qatar, are expected to demur from the prospect of a full-fledged union. Kuwait would have difficulty joining ‘with countries whose prisons are full of thousands who are guilty of speaking their minds,’ Kuwait’s parliament speaker, Ahmed al Saadoun, said in February 2011, referring to Saudi Arabia.” Ellen Knickmeyer and Alex Delmar-Morgan, “Bahrain, Saudies to Clinch Ties” WSJ, 13 May 2012.