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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
The message that dependence on chemical substances is not a character flaw but a chronic illness will shine through in words, demeanor, and empathy.
Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, projected a nondescript demeanor, a quiet loner who regularly wore a trench coat to school, even on scorching hot days.
Her self-effacing demeanor -- still sweet, still barely audible -- defies even a hint of braggadocio, in spite of the achievements that have earned her the Icon Award at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards (BBMAs): No.
In Book Club, Diane Keaton plays a woman clad in immaculate suits who charms everyone with her warm, scattered demeanor.
But behind his tough demeanor, mourning Barbara could behind George’s increased health issues.
His tranquil demeanor, generosity, and maddening compulsion to apologize for the smallest offense — and then apologize for doing so — earned him the nickname Easy.
There are a lot of reasons to miss President Obama: His stately demeanor, his integrity, his general competence, and, if anything, his overall likable personality.
Everything from his demeanor and his mentorship role in the clubhouse to his track record with a 3.50 ERA with the Tampa Bay Rays and ability to grind out a strong 2017 with essentially two pitches points that way.
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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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