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Definitions for Dempsey
ˈdɛmp sidempsey

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Dempsey, Jack Dempsey, William Harrison Dempsey, Manassa Maulernoun

    United States prizefighter who was world heavyweight champion (1895-1983)


  1. Dempsey

    Dempsey is a surname of Irish origin.


  1. Dempsey

    Dempsey was a female American Pit Bull Terrier who was the subject of a high-profile challenge to the British Dangerous Dogs Act 1991. She was owned by Dianne Fanneran and lived in London. While being walked one evening in April 1992, muzzled and kept on a leash in accordance with the law, she began acting sick and her muzzle was removed, allegedly to allow her to vomit. Two passing police officers noted the unmuzzled dog, and charged the caretaker under the Dangerous Dogs Act. Three months later, at Ealing Magistrates' Court, Dempsey was ordered to be euthanised for failing to be muzzled in a public place. Appeals took three years before the Crown Court, the High Court and the House of Lords, during which time the media covered the story, leading activist Brigitte Bardot offered the dog sanctuary at her home in France, to avoid British law. The case was dismissed in November 1995 on a legal technicality, as it emerged that Dempsey's owner, not involved in the original incident, was unaware the court hearing was taking place. This legal loophole meant the case was thrown out. Dempsey was reprieved, and died at the age of 17 in 2003.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Dempsey is ranked #1308 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Dempsey surname appeared 26,863 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 9 would have the surname Dempsey.

    88.8% or 23,870 total occurrences were White.
    5.6% or 1,504 total occurrences were Black.
    2.3% or 642 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.6% or 451 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.8% or 236 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.5% or 158 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Dempsey in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Dempsey in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of Dempsey in a Sentence

  1. Daniel Sheahan:

    Everyone says' oh no, Thomas Dempsey're going to come out with nothing, but I'm not going to let them take what my grandfather and father and mother worked hard for.

  2. John McCain:

    General Dempsey is the most disappointing chairman of the Joint Chiefs that I have seen, and I have seen many of them.

  3. Gayle Benson:

    Toby Dempsey exemplified the same fight and fortitude in recent years as Toby Dempsey battled valiantly against illnesses but never wavered and kept Toby Dempsey trademark sense of humor.

  4. Defense Secretary Ash Carter:

    There will be plenty of time in the months ahead for proper tributes and farewells, but for now let me just say that President Obama, Chairman Dempsey and I could not have been better served.

  5. Gayle Benson:

    Tom's life spoke directly to the power of the human spirit and exemplified Toby Dempsey resolute determination to not allow setbacks to impede following Toby Dempsey dreams and aspirations, toby Dempsey exemplified the same fight and fortitude in recent years as Toby Dempsey battled valiantly against illnesses but never wavered and kept Toby Dempsey trademark sense of humor.

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    lacking orderly continuity
    • A. squashy
    • B. greedy
    • C. disjointed
    • D. obnoxious

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