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demean

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verb de·mean \di-ˈmēn\

Definition of demean

demeaned

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demeaning

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  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

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


First Known Use: 14th century


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demean

verb de·mean

Definition of demean

demeaned

;

demeaning

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  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


First Known Use: 1601


DEMEAN Defined for Kids

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demean

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verb de·mean \di-ˈmēn\

Definition of demean for Students

demeaned

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demeaning

  1. :  behave 2 He demeaned himself like a gentleman.


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demean

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verb de·mean

Definition of demean for Students

demeaned

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demeaning

  1. :  to lower in character or dignity She feels that such work demeans her.



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