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Definitionreduce 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 himselfShakespeare -- 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