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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
In contrast to Mason’s forceful on-court demeanor, he is understated, even reticent away from the court.
Many people cried during the memorial Sunday as guest speakers talked about Ollie’s cheerful and friendly demeanor despite his suffering from his fatal wounds and previous abuse.
For Chicago MC, Dreezy, her brash demeanor and hard-edged lyricism can easily pierce the soul of any opposition.
In talking about Anthony Lynn, Rivers praised the Chargers coach’s steady demeanor and the unwavering belief that the team can turn things around.
The sharper transmission and throttle behavior is welcome, if a bit out of sync with the rest of the car’s more relaxed demeanor.
For another, there’s the country star’s kind and gentlemanly demeanor.
The group began dressing in camouflage attire and their demeanor changed.
The look on Joe’s face, the exasperated sigh, and his disappointed demeanor were all captured on video by their daughter Madison, who tweeted it out.
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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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