demean

  • 1 Demean — De*mean , n. [OF. demene. See {Demean}, v. t.] 1. Management; treatment. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Vile demean and usage bad. Spenser. [1913 Webster] 2. Behavior; conduct; bearing; demeanor. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] With grave demean and solemn vanity.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Demean — De*mean , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Demeaned}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Demeaning}.] [OF. demener to conduct, guide, manage, F. se d[ e]mener to struggle; pref. d[ e] (L. de) + mener to lead, drive, carry on, conduct, fr. L. minare to drive animals by… …

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  • 3 demean — lower in dignity, c.1600, perhaps from DE (Cf. de ) down + MEAN (Cf. mean) (adj.) and modeled on DEBASE (Cf. debase). Indistinguishable in some uses from obsolete demean (see DEMEANOR (Cf. demeanor)) which influenced it and may be its true source …

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  • 4 demean — deport, comport, *behave, conduct, acquit, quit Analogous words: *carry, bear (as reflexive verbs) demean *abase, degrade, debase, humble, humiliate Contrasted words: heighten, enhance (see INTENSIFY): * …

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  • 5 demean — ► VERB 1) cause to suffer a loss of dignity or respect. 2) (demean oneself) do something that is beneath one s dignity. DERIVATIVES demeaning adjective. ORIGIN from DE (Cf. ↑de ) + MEAN …

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  • 6 demean — demean1 [dē mēn′, dimēn′] vt. [ DE + MEAN2, after DEBASE] to lower in status or character; degrade; humble [to demean oneself by taking a bribe] demean2 [dē mēn′, dimēn′] vt. [see DEMEANOR] to behave, conduct …

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  • 7 Demean — De*mean , n. [See {Demesne}.] 1. Demesne. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 2. pl. Resources; means. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] You know How narrow our demeans are. Massinger. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 8 demean — I (deport oneself) verb acquit, act, appear, bear, behave, carry, comport, conduct, convey the impression, create the impression, function, have the mien, leave the impression, look, manage, present oneself, present the appearance, quit,… …

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  • 9 demean — [v] humble, humiliate abase, badmouth*, belittle, bemean, cast down, contemn, cut down to size*, cut rate, debase, decry, degrade, derogate, descend, despise, detract, dis*, disparage, dump on*, knock down*, lower, pan*, poor mouth*, scorn, sink …

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  • 10 demean — I v. (formal) (D; refl.) ( to degrade ) to demean by (I will not demean myself by cheating on the examination) II v. (formal) (d; refl.) ( to behave ) (he demeaned himself like a gentleman) * * * [dɪ miːn] (formal) (D; refl.) ( to degrade ) to… …

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  • 11 demean — UK [dɪˈmiːn] / US [dɪˈmɪn] verb [transitive] Word forms demean : present tense I/you/we/they demean he/she/it demeans present participle demeaning past tense demeaned past participle demeaned formal to make people have less respect for someone… …

    English dictionary

  • 12 demean — de|mean [ dı min ] verb transitive FORMAL to make people have less respect for someone: DEGRADE: Advertisements like this demean women. a. demean yourself to do something that may make people respect you less: You re a liar, and I won t demean… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 13 demean — [[t]dɪmi͟ːn[/t]] demeans, demeaning, demeaned 1) VERB If you demean yourself, you do something which makes people have less respect for you. [V pron refl] I wasn t going to demean myself by acting like a suspicious wife. 2) VERB To demean someone …

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  • 14 demean — I. /dəˈmin / (say duh meen) verb (t) 1. to lower in dignity or standing; debase: *Women in our formative times … clustered into low status, demeaning occupations –miriam dixson, 1984. –phrase 2. demean oneself, to lose one s dignity and the… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 15 demean — de|mean [dıˈmi:n] v [T] [Date: 1600 1700; Origin: de + MEAN2] to do something that makes people lose respect for someone or something →↑degrade ▪ language that demeans women demean yourself (by doing sth) ▪ I wouldn t demean myself by begging him …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 demean — demean1 [dɪ mi:n] verb cause to suffer a severe loss of dignity or respect. ↘(demean oneself) do something that is beneath one s dignity. Derivatives demeaning adjective demeaningly adverb Origin C17: from de + the adjective mean …

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  • 17 demean — verb (T) formal to do something that you think you are too good for: Don t demean yourself by taking that job. demeaning adjective: Cleaning the toilets was the most demeaning task at the camp …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 demean — verb such actions demean him in the eyes of the public Syn: debase, lower, degrade, discredit, devalue; cheapen, abase, humble, humiliate, disgrace, dishonor See note at humble Ant: dignify …

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  • 19 demean — 1. v.tr. (usu. refl.) lower the dignity of (would not demean myself to take it). Etymology: DE + MEAN(2), after debase 2. v.refl. (with adv.) behave (demeaned himself well). Etymology: ME f. OF demener f. Rmc (as DE , L minare drive animals f.… …

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  • 20 demean — I. transitive verb (demeaned; demeaning) Etymology: Middle English demenen, from Anglo French demener to conduct, from de + mener to lead, from Latin minare to drive, from minari to threaten more at mount Date: 14th century to conduct or behave… …

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