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She kept her job, but was demoted.
  reduce in rank or assign to a lower position
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  • She kept her job, but was demoted.
  • She was demoted due to her rudeness
  • Just like the rebel sympathizers that the king demoted a caste.
    Kiera Cass  --  The One
  • Is that a demotion or a promotion?
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went

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  • If Carter wasn’t careful, he’d get demoted yet again, and the only position below the distribution center was sanitation duty.
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • After a few trial runs, I demoted him to dancer.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • The flag I could never draw, demoted to the flag of a province, flies before it, bright scarlet, with the Union Jack in the top corner and all those impossible beavers and leaves encrested lower down.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • As a rule I took pleasure in stepping up and smiling back in her teeth—but in the stern hall lights I felt clammy and used-up, demoted somehow.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • I think it was quite a demotion.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • Thanks to Alex, I got a demotion.
    Simone Elkeles  --  Perfect Chemistry

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  • Instead, they were fighting for their pride and against the threat of getting demoted to a lower division for next season.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • And for me, that was the final and truly unbearable tragedy: Like all the innumerable dead, he’d once and for all been demoted from haunted to haunter.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • In this double demotion the old giants have become pigmies while you were looking the other way.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • Yossarian was a lead bombardier who had been demoted because he no longer gave a damn whether he missed or not.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • If you choose to demote me to an inferior post as a result of my failure, I hope I may accept it with grace.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • At this rate they’re going to demote you to JV.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • His face reminded me, oddly, of a person who’d just learned he’d been demoted.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • "Or demoted," Owen said.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Just Listen
  • She was to be demoted to second trombone, she was told.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • After going wacko at the groundbreaking ceremony, Chuck E. Muckle got demoted to the post of assistant junior vice-president.
    Carl Hiassen  --  Hoot
  • And she was so incensed at your demoting Hugh from the management of the mill.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • They’ve demoted him from Chief Warlock on the Wizengamot — that’s the Wizard High Court — and they’re talking about taking away his Order of Merlin, First Class, too.’
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • I heard myself strangely demoting our men to the more helpless boys.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • Meg demoted Heather to pillow stuffing.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Speak
  • It felt like a demotion.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • They demoted him to the rotating shift he’d been on during the first days of the job.
    Junot Diaz  --  Drown
  • At sunrise they shot west, on what had once been the Grand Trunk Road, ribboning the twenty-six hundred kilometers from Kabul to Calcutta, but which had now been demoted to the status of National Highway One, since the borders with Afghanistan and India were so often closed.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • But one day, in 1983, he was suddenly called into his boss’s office and swiftly demoted.
    Li Cunxin  --  Mao’s Last Dancer
  • Or else I been demoted.
    Larry McMurtry  --  Lonesome Dove
  • Under the new government, competent professionals such as she, with advanced degrees and years of experience, were demoted and replaced by more passionately political administrators.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • Once the Good has been contained as a dialectical idea it is no trouble for another philosopher to come along and show by dialectical methods that areté, the Good, can be more advantageously demoted to a lower position within a "true" order of things, more compatible with the inner workings of dialectic.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • Any failure of duty on their part was liable to be punished by demotion and loss of privileges.
    Richard Adams  --  Watership Down
  • "That’s a demotion," Mindy said.
    Andy Weir  --  The Martian
  • He’s been demoted, you see.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Second Siege
  • The eighth victory in any tournament is therefore critical, the difference between promotion and demotion; it is roughly four times as valuable in the rankings as the typical victory.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • Wire Pat and tell him he’s been demoted to a freight," she said to Eddie.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • If I don’t see improvement, I will be forced to demote you to the lower classes."
    Libba Bray  --  A Great and Terrible Beauty
  • …received he might be already under ground and his grave marked (if at all) by a shattered musket thrust into the earth, or lacking that he might be a second lieutenant or even a private—provided of course that his men would have the courage to demote him—yet he not only ordered the stones and managed to pay for them, but stranger still he managed to get them past a seacoast so closely blockaded that the incoming runners refused any cargo except ammunition " It seemed to Quentin that he…
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • "Kevin, I think we’d better demote me.
    Octavia Butler  --  Kindred
  • She told me I should feel lucky I got a demotion instead of being suspended from the squad.
    Simone Elkeles  --  Perfect Chemistry
  • Captain Bugloss, the officer responsible, had, of course, been demoted and expelled from the Owsla, but his disgrace, though very proper, only added to the General’s difficulties.
    Richard Adams  --  Watership Down
  • But you were quite right in demoting him.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • "What you can’t forget," cut in Melanie, clenching her small fists against her sides, "is that she demoted Hugh because he wasn’t smart enough to run her mill."
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • All he could ever see was Aarfy, with whose fustian, moon-faced ineptitude he had finally lost all patience, and there were minutes of agonizing fury and frustration in the sky when he hungered to be demoted again to a wing plane with a loaded machine gun in the compartment instead of the precision bombsight that he really had no need for, a powerful, heavy fifty-caliber machine gun he could seize vengefully in both hands and turn loose savagely against all the demons tyrannizing him:…
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • "Three weeks later, with Mortenson demoted from foreman to spectator, the walls of the school had risen higher than the American’s head and all that remained was putting on the roof.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
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