In the colloquia familiara of Erasmus we find:

Quidam usque adeo Demeae sunt, ingenioque agresti, ut vix salutati resalutent.

What I have:

Some are so Demea with uncultivated natural character to the extent they hardly greet back when greeted.

I obviously got the first part wrong, how to parse it and who is Demea?

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It appears to be a reference to the character Demea in Terence's The Brothers -- a harsh, ill-tempered, strictly authoritarian father (at least at the beginning of the play). "Some people are such Demeas, and so rude of character, that..."

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