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demean
used in War and Peace

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Definition
reduce social standing or dignity
  • 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.
    Book Nine — 1812 (48% in)
  • Balashev began to feel uncomfortable: as envoy he feared to demean his dignity and felt the necessity of replying; but, as a man, he shrank before the transport of groundless wrath that had evidently seized Napoleon.
    Book Nine — 1812 (25% in)
  • "You won't deign to demean yourself by marrying me, you...." said Helene, beginning to cry.
    Book Eleven — 1812 (13% in)

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