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as in:  demeaned herself by being petty

Her comments were intended to demean the movement.
  reduce social standing or dignity
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demeaning demean demeaned demeans
Strongly Associated with:   demeanor
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  • Her comments were intended to demean the movement.
  • She considered it demeaning work, but was determined to make a good job of it.
  • Swear like a ruffian and demean himself
    Shakespeare  --  King Henry VI, Part 2
  • but this gentleman is no spy, and why should he so demean himself as to make himself one?
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale Of Two Cities

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  • She must hate me for subjecting her to something so demeaning.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • Also, no demeaning, sexist, pseudo-macho remarks.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • Smiling without good reason was demeaning.
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game
  • Demeaning posters appeared in both Polish and German, depicting us as grotesque, filthy creatures, with large, crooked noses.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • Demeaning?
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • Nathan had seemed so certain and knowledgeable about other matters that in this case, too, his augury might be correct, and in a sudden weird vision—all the more demeaning because of its blatant competitiveness—I saw myself running a pale tenth in a literary track race, coughing on the dust of a pounding fast-footed horde of Bellows and Schwartzes and Levys and Mandelbaums.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice

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  • "So you don’t feel it’s sort of demeaning to be propped up by a man?" she says.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • If the situation hadn’t been so serious, I might have wished I’d invented something a lot more cruel and demeaning.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • He has no clue how demeaning and condescending he is.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • Ironically, her logical, if demeaning, reply is the only one that comforts me.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • Obviously meant to demean me.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • The very notion that I’m devoting any thought to who I want presented as my lover, given our current circumstances, is demeaning.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • When he missed the ball with an ungainly swing of the leg, they were there to cover for him, but always subtly, and never in a way that demeaned him or his effort.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • She thought it demeaned women.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • To demean him personally would be to demean all other officers of equal or lesser rank.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • This does not glorify God, it demeans God!
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Even though Mother’s attitude seemed more relaxed—not cold and demeaning, as when she had come to see me at Aunt Mary’s—she still wouldn’t talk to me.
    Dave Pelzer  --  The Lost Boy
  • If the Colonel says I must, I—I’ll [almost sobbing] I’ll demean myself.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • He watches his tormentors shove him, strike him, push him, demean him.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • Pfuel only snorted contemptuously and turned away, to show that he would never demean himself by replying to such nonsense as he was now hearing.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • How could he demean himself so?
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • I could no longer plead extenuating circumstances: I could not demean myself by trying to explain—
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • When Walt and Billie suggested that he needed a college degree to attain a fulfilling career, Chris answered that careers were demeaning "twentieth-century inventions," more of a liability than an asset, and that he would do fine without one, thank you.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • I admit that I am a spy, and that it is considered a discreditable station—though it must be filled by somebody; but this gentleman is no spy, and why should he so demean himself as to make himself one?
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • Throughout men’s history, money was always seized by looters of one brand or another, whose names changed, but whose method remained the same: to seize wealth by force and to keep the producers bound, demeaned, defamed, deprived of honor.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • He cannot understand how the white man can show the most demeaning aspects of his nature and at the same time delude himself into thinking he is inherently superior.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • How Sir Tristram changed his harness and it was all red, and how he demeaned him, and how Sir Palomides slew Launcelot’s horse.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur
  • Here Don Quixote joined them; and learning what passed, and how soon Sancho was to go to his government, he with the duke’s permission took him by the hand, and retired to his room with him for the purpose of giving him advice as to how he was to demean himself in his office.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • During this performance, the hermit demeaned himself much like a first-rate critic of the present day at a new opera.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • To have to beg or borrow salt was utterly demeaning.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • It was, of course, Mrs. Sedley’s opinion that her son would demean himself by a marriage with an artist’s daughter.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • Somehow the word sounded demeaning.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • I, on the other hand, held the opinion that to draw such a parallel tended to demean the ’dignity’ of the likes of Mr Marshall.
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
  • To think otherwise is to demean the Buddha…which is to demean oneself.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • There was another kind of magic which made me feel special, to look at my Indian-descended mother and uncle and believe in the power of civilizations long since written off, long since demeaned and trampled.
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running
  • …the subject, for having received ordination at Easter, I have been so fortunate as to be distinguished by the patronage of the Right Honourable Lady Catherine de Bourgh, widow of Sir Lewis de Bourgh, whose bounty and beneficence has preferred me to the valuable rectory of this parish, where it shall be my earnest endeavour to demean myself with grateful respect towards her ladyship, and be ever ready to perform those rites and ceremonies which are instituted by the Church of England.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • One was an unerring eye that promptly spotted the woman, even in a crowd, who was waiting for him, though even then he courted her with caution, for he felt that nothing was more embarrassing or more demeaning than a refusal.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • To him, as violent and demeaning as jail sometimes is, it is better than drifting from shelter to shelter or living in cardboard boxes.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin’
  • More angry with Jude for demeaning her by coming there than for dereliction of duty, she rated him primarily from that point of view, and only secondarily from a moral one.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • It was not usual for Judith so far to demean herself as to appeal to Hetty’s judgment.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • As a rule, we objected to having our pictures taken in prison on the grounds that it is generally demeaning to be seen as a prisoner.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • "And if you’d please not to say as I’ve been to speak to you, for my son ’ud be very angry with me for demeaning myself, I know he would, and I’ve trouble enough without being scolded by my children."
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • A narrow life in Budmouth might have completely demeaned her.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • Even the Griffiths, poor as they were, would have felt themselves demeaned by the thought of having to dwell in such a street.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • There was no one he wouldn’t kill, no method too brutal or demeaning for him… No, there wasn’t a pattern, just money.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • To be sure, one can’t help pitying the poor young man, and yet he doth not deserve much pity neither, for demeaning himself with such kind of trumpery.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
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