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Examples of demure in a Sentence
- So even if you think you've moved past your reputation as The Rebel, two minutes after getting together with your more demure sister, you're likely to fall back into that hell-raiser role. —Jessica Mehalic, Cosmopolitan, August 2001
- It looked as though the dress and capelet were one piece. It created a demure look, but if you take off the capelet, it's a seductive strapless dress. —Elizabeth Hayt, Vogue, December 1999
- I made a lot of friends at Les Tourelles with whom I have kept in touch over the years. There was one darling little girl, much younger than the rest of us, who was sweet, demure, and quiet, with beautiful long hair like Alice in Wonderland. —Anna Russell, I'm Not Making This Up, You Know, 1985
She was wearing a demure gray suit.
the demure charm of the cottage
Recent Examples of demure from the Web
Red braids sit atop her head in a demure bun, set off by glittering, silver hoop earrings big enough to pass a hand through.
Mid-century robes were a piece of clothing one step more demure than pajamas, something to throw on in the evening hours prior to bed.
Quickly, Diana’s demure dress-sense became emblematic of the roaring upper-classes.
Cher, 1986 Ethereal, demure, and angelic are NOTwords to describe this Bob Mackie creation.
That refusal to quiet down or behave in a demure manner has helped Pink build a fan base as a hard-bodied feminist pop heroine.
Made of floral ivory guipure lace and offset with satin piping, the ankle-high shoe is equal parts daring and demure.
To close this show out, instead of the traditional demure bow to the audience, Rihanna rode out on the back of a bike.
Which raises a question for these demure senators, though: What would their health bill do so differently, specifically on the pre-existing condition front?
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Did You Know?
Demure has essentially remained unchanged in meaning since at least the 14th century. Its first recorded use in our language dates from the Middle English period (roughly the 12th to 15th centuries), a time when the native tongue of England was borrowing many new words from the French spoken by the Normans who gained control of the country after the Battle of Hastings. Demure might have been part of the French cultural exchange; etymologists think it may have derived from the Anglo-French verb demorer or demourer, meaning "to linger." During Shakespeare's time, demure was briefly used in English as a verb meaning "to look demurely," but only the older adjective form has survived to the present day.
Origin and Etymology of demure
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonymscoquettish, coy, kittenish
Related Wordsflirtatious, flirty, girlish; goody-goody, governessy, overmodest, priggish, prim, prudish
Near Antonymsboon, clubbable (also clubable), companionable, convivial, gregarious, sociable, social; bold, dashing, forceful; brash, forward, overbold, uninhibited, unreserved
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