- to make mean; demean; debase (usually used reflexively).
Origin of bemean
Related Words for bemeandowngrade, depress, devalue, lower, disgrace, dishonor, cheapen, demean, demoralize, humiliate, debase, lessen, reduce, impair, discredit, vitiate, degenerate, corrupt, diminish, weaken
Examples from the Web for bemean
Historical Examples of bemean
I cannot make out why my family always try to bemean what affects me!The Mesmerist's Victim
One regrets, in reading them, that genius could so bemean itself.
He was fighting for his life, and no eye could bemean that effort.The Strength of the Pines
The most loathsome reptile, rolling in the slush and slime of its stagnant pool, would not bemean itself thus.Plain Facts for Old and Young
John Harvey Kellogg
"Nothing of the kind," cried Lavinia, furious that her mother should think she would so bemean herself.Madame Flirt
Charles E. Pearce
- a less common word for demean 1