demiurge


demiurge
demiurge [dem′ē ʉrj΄]
n.
[Gr dēmiourgos, one who works for the people, skilled workman, creator < dēmios, belonging to the people < demos, the people: see DEMOCRACY) + -ergos, worker (see WORK)]
1. [often D-]
a) in Platonism, a deity or creative force that shaped the material world
b) in Gnosticism, a deity subordinate to the supreme deity, sometimes considered the creator of evil
2. a ruling force or creative power
demiurgic [dem′ēʉr′jik]
adj.
demiurgical

English World dictionary. . 2014.