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demeanor

[dih-mee-ner] /dɪˈmi nər/
noun
1.
conduct; behavior; deportment.
2.
facial appearance; mien.
Also, especially British, demeanour.
Origin of demeanor
late Middle English
1425-1475
First recorded in 1425-75, demeanor is from the late Middle English word demenure. See demean2, -or1
Synonyms
manner, comportment, bearing.
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n.

late 15c., from obsolete Middle English demean "handle, manage, conduct," later "behave in a certain way" (early 14c.), from Old French demener (11c.) "to guide, conduct; to live, dwell," from de- "completely" (see de-) + mener "to lead, direct," from Latin minare "to threaten," in Late Latin "to drive (a herd of animals);" see menace. Sense in English evolved from notion of "conduct, manage" (oneself). Spelling changed by influence of nouns in -or, -our.

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