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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
Lester compares Wassink’s demeanor to Darnold’s laid-back vibe.
But when asked about immigration, Becerra’s demeanor changes.
For a 21-year-old player, Sabonis has the demeanor of someone who has been in the NBA for 10 years.
On the field, Ausmus’ demeanor did not produce results when the team needed it the most.
His laid-back demeanor can easily be mistaken for indifference by a casual observer.
With messenger planet Mercury touring your constellation, your communication style will match your general demeanor: blunt, vivacious, and hilarious.
Compared with Charles, whose temper is legendary, Jared has a notably calm demeanor.
Stewart and many others around the F1 paddock had quietly questioned whether Hamilton ever would cultivate a more measured demeanor after raising eyebrows with some of his antics off track.
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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
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