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Examples of demeanor in a Sentence
- Staffs like the one at Veritas have come a long way from the days when sommeliers … intimidated diners with their overbearing demeanor and French accents. —Food & Wine, September 2002
- Sam himself, a quiet young man with a rather shy demeanor, was somewhat bemused by all this attention. —Lola Oberman, Bird Watcher's Digest, November/December 1994
the director of the opera company has a haughty demeanor that can be irritating
Recent Examples of demeanor from the Web
Perhaps that’s why her demeanor upon entering her safe haven, the African American Art & Culture Complex on Fulton Street in the Western Addition, was so striking.
At the Villa, the severe demeanor, grey uniforms, and robotic obsequiousness one has come to expect at luxury hotels is eschewed in favor of personal charm and humor.
At the end of the day, professional demeanor and respect can often bridge a river of misunderstanding.
Bolton’s geopolitical impatience matches his rumored professional demeanor: Allegations of bullying and abuse trail his conduct in office.
But the demeanor of staffers continued to surprise her.
Love's seriousness of demeanor was probably the thing about him that took me the most aback.
His latest release, which is being premiered exclusively through Billboard, is a proud display of his wildly rough demeanor and his respect for the hardcore icons before him.
Where his calm and unflappable demeanor fits snugly around all-time greats.
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Did You Know?
There's a long trail from Latin minari (which means "to threaten" and has been connected to the threatening cries of cattle drivers) to English demeanor. Along the way, we first encounter Latin minare; it means "to drive" and was once used specifically of driving animals for herding. From there, the path leads us to Anglo-French, where we pass by mener (to lead) and then demener (to conduct). Next comes Middle English demenen and then Modern English demean, both meaning "to conduct (oneself) in a certain manner." And, finally, we take one last step, and add the suffix -or to demean to get demeanor.
Synonym Discussion of demeanor
- a woman of regal bearing
- your deportment was atrocious
- the haughty demeanor of the headwaiter
- a mien of supreme self-satisfaction
- the imperious manner of a man used to giving orders
- the kind of carriage learned at boarding school
DEMEANOR Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of demeanor for English Language Learners
: a person's appearance and behavior : the way someone seems to be to other people
DEMEANOR Defined for Kids
legal Definition of demeanor
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