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Examples of mien in a Sentence
He has the mien of an ancient warrior.
the stern mien of the librarian suggested that she was not one to put up with any nonsense
Recent Examples of mien from the Web
Alex Page, salon owner and paralegal and recreational slayer of lionfish, sits on the midships gear locker with the peaceful mien of a man on his third morning at the spa.
That approach yields eminently appealing sports cars, but the same treatment can leave models with a more luxurious mien feeling imbalanced.
Bolton has a famously hawkish mien, and a very dim and oft-stated view of the North Koreans’ honesty and the prospects for peace.
Trager’s Preysing shows us the glowering man of appetites suppressed beneath the successful-man-of-business mien.
View 19 Photos This might matter less if the TourX had a decidedly sportier mien.
Players all maintained a noble mien, but gave each phrase a life elaborately shaped.
On weekdays, trains occasionally adopt the freewheeling mien of the flaneur.
In each case, the Mooch took on the mien of his new patron—demonstrating, if nothing else, his remarkable shape-shifting skills.
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Did You Know?
Like its synonyms bearing and demeanor, mien means the outward manifestation of personality or attitude. Bearing is the most general, but now usually implies characteristic posture, as in "a woman of regal bearing." Demeanor suggests attitude expressed through outward behavior in the presence of others; for example, "the manager's professional demeanor." Mien is a somewhat literary term referring to both bearing and demeanor. "A mien of supreme self-satisfaction" is a typical use. Mien and demeanor are also linked through etymology. Mien arose through the shortening and alteration of the verb demean, which comes from Latin mener ("to lead") and is also the root of demeanor. In this case, demean means "to conduct or behave (oneself) usually in a proper manner," not "to degrade." That other demean is a distinct word with a different etymology.
cut of one's jib;
Synonym Discussion of mien
- 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
MIEN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of mien for English Language Learners
: a person's appearance or facial expression
MIEN Defined for Kids
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