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Definition reduce social standing or dignity

Much more rarely, demean can be used as a verb form of demeanor to reference the manner in which one behaves.
  • Her comments were intended to demean the movement.
  • She considered it demeaning work, but was determined to make a good job of it.
  • 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
  • Swear like a ruffian and demean himself
    Shakespeare  --  King Henry VI, Part 2
  • This does not glorify God, it demeans God!
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • He watches his tormentors shove him, strike him, push him, demean him.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • Somehow the word sounded demeaning.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • Ironically, her logical, if demeaning, reply is the only one that comforts me.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • It was odd how men like Suggs used that word to demean women when it was the only part of a woman they valued.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • She never reprehended him but mildly, When he demean'd himself rough, rude, and wildly.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Comedy of Errors
  • It was demeaning to admit it, but he was a man who did what had to be done.
    J.D. Robb  --  Immortal in Death
  • Tyrion would not demean himself by begging.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Storm of Swords
  • 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'
  • If the Colonel says I must, I—I'll [almost sobbing] I'll demean myself.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • I'm not going to demean myself by asking what he thought of the article itself.
    Sophie Kinsella  --  Confessoins of a Shopaholic
  • One who has reached my years, and who has a name for wisdom, ought not to demean himself.
    Plato  --  The Apology
  • Thank you for assuming that I would not demean myself with lies.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • She must hate me for subjecting her to something so demeaning.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • The dolphin is a joyous fellow, his heart uncluttered with the pity that demeans.
    Roger Zelazny  --  My Name is Legion
  • 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

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