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demure
used in Running in the Family

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Definition
modest, quiet, and shy; or pretending such in a playful way
  • Why did she not tell me the story—this demure woman in a sari who was once "bath prefect" at Bishop's College Girl's School, who officiated over the cleansing of my lean five-year-old nakedness?
    p. 139.4
  • She followed him and coped with him for fourteen years, surrounding his behaviour like a tough and demure breeze.
    p. 149.9
  • John Kotelawala glanced at her with wonder—this slight, demure, beautiful woman in white on the urine-soaked platform—while he struggled with her brother who had begun to take off his clothes.
    p. 153.7
  • A demure young couple visited him along with a third friend who had a camera.
    p. 159.8

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