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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 parallels between them are strong in their demeanor, delivery and devoutness in their faith.
Among the intriguing moments is seeing a typically stoic Wells loosely interacting with players and assistant coaches, a departure from his demeanor on the sideline each Friday night.
But this will also be a contrast in demeanors: Halep’s loud grunts and emotional expressiveness with Stephens’s sotto voce on-court zenitude.
Relaxed in her demeanor, nerves are nowhere to be found before the first whistle.
Among the men who didn’t recognize his promise was the poet’s own father, a former dockworker with a hard demeanor.
Breed has a broad smile, a blunt way of speaking and a down-to-earth demeanor.
When in the spotlight, poise, professionalism and a positive demeanor were his calling cards.
The 32-year-old cofounder and co-CEO of Bitmain, the world’s biggest cryptocurrency mining firm, displays a strikingly reserved and gawky demeanor.
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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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