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demean

verb de·mean \ di-ˈmēn \

Definition of demean

demeaned; demeaning
transitive verb
: to conduct or behave (oneself) usually in a proper manner
  • he might have been observed to demean himself as a person with nothing to do
  • —Henry James †1916

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Origin and Etymology of demean

Middle English demenen, from Anglo-French demener to conduct, from de- + mener to lead, from Latin minare to drive, from minari to threaten — more at mount


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demean

verb

Definition of demean

demeaned; demeaning
transitive verb
: to lower in character, status, or reputation
  • careful not to demean his opponent
  • demeaning the seriousness of the problem

Origin and Etymology of demean

de- + 1mean


DEMEAN Defined for Kids

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demean

verb de·mean \ di-ˈmēn \

Definition of demean for Students

demeaned; demeaning
: behave 2
  • He demeaned himself like a gentleman.

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demean

verb

Definition of demean for Students

demeaned; demeaning
: to lower in character or dignity
  • She feels that such work demeans her.


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