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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
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.
Origin and Etymology of mien
by shortening & alteration from 1demean
First Known Use: circa 1522
Synonym Discussion of mien
MIEN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of mien for English Language Learners
: a person's appearance or facial expression
MIEN Defined for Kids
Definition of mien for Students
: a person's appearance or way of acting that shows mood or personality
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