Word of the Day : June 20, 2019

demeanor

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noun dih-MEE-ner

Definition

: behavior toward others : outward manner

Did You Know?

There's a long trail from the Latin origins of demeanor to its English incarnation. It starts with minari, "to threaten"—a word connected to the threatening cries of cattle drivers. Leaving minari, we soon encounter a close Latin relation, 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.


Examples

The professor's friendly and laid-back demeanor made him a favorite among the students.

"Detroit's well-earned place as one of America's most iconic cities is a credit to its past, present and future. It is a city that has never had it easy, but its steely demeanor has also always encased and protected a powerful heart." — Adweek.com, 14 May 2019



Word Family Quiz

Fill in the blanks to complete an adjective related to Latin minari (meaning "to threaten") that means "willing to agree or accept something that is wanted or asked for": a _ e _ a _ l _.

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'Demeanor' — Video Word of the Day 6/20/2019

noun - behavior toward others


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