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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
The plant tends to bloom just before Halloween in keeping with its menacing mien.
Made from mung bean starch, glass noodles are also referred to as mien or cellophane noodles.
His shadowy mien and pugnacious talk seemed more suited for coffeehouse ventilating than actual political sabotage.
An affable Englishman with the shaggy, mischievous mien of an old Led Zeppelin roadie with tales to tell, Hope told me that he was undaunted by Irons’s ambition.
Trump is too pompous to break his mien of majestic superiority.
The sharper character in Sport and Track modes and the looser, softer mien in Tour is mirrored by the suspension when the magnetic ride control (standard on Grand Sport models) is optioned.
Victor has the mien of David Foster Wallace, with a lightning intelligence that lingers beneath a patina of aw-shucks shyness.
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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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.
Synonymsaspect, dress, figure, garb, look, appearance, outside, presence, regard [archaic]
Related Wordsair, attitude, bearing, behavior, comportment, demeanor, deportment, manner, poise, pose; carriage, posture, stance; cast, mold, shape, turn; color, coloring, complexion; countenance, face, features, habit, habitus, person [archaic], physiognomy, superficies, visage
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
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