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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
But this latest development by no means marks the first instance of Trump’s demeanor or governing style directly endangering the safety of the nation.
Beane’s easygoing demeanor made him an effective go-between among the front office, coaching staff and locker room.
With the exception of a few questionable of-the-moment accessories, Roger Federer's style, like his demeanor as an athlete, has always been nothing but conservative, charming, and totally confident.
Nasra’s sweet demeanor, sparkling eyes and broad smile mask a layer of toughness.
Piqué’s ability to maintain his cool demeanor while singing the silly song, which Piko-Taro fan Justin Bieber previously performed in an earlier viral video, is more impressive than his vocal or dance skills.
During the vice-presidential debate in October 2016, Pence’s cool demeanor carried the day.
But what if this week — the seeming collapse of the GOP health care strategy, the increasing insanity of Trump’s childish demeanor — changes everything?
The name Connie Simpson doesn’t ring any instant bells — yet — but the woman who bears it is a lot more high-profile than her demeanor would let on.
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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.
Synonymsactions, address, bearing, comportment, conduct, behavior, deportment, geste (also gest) [archaic]
Related Wordsetiquette, form, manners, mores, proprieties; p's and q's; amenity, civility, courtesy, decorum, politeness; air, attitude, carriage, poise, pose, posture, presence; aspect, look, mien; formality, protocol, rules; custom, habit, habitude, pattern, practice (also practise), trick, wont; convention, fashion, form, mode, style; affectation, attribute, characteristic, mark, trait; distinctiveness, oddity, peculiarity, singularity, strangeness, uniqueness, weirdness
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
Definition of demeanor for Students
- a gentle demeanor
legal Definition of demeanor
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