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bemean

[bih-meen]
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verb (used with object), be·meaned, be·mean·ing. Archaic.
  1. to make mean; demean; debase (usually used reflexively).
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Origin of bemean

First recorded in 1645–55; be- + mean2
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Examples from the Web for bemean

Historical Examples

  • I cannot make out why my family always try to bemean what affects me!

    The Mesmerist's Victim

    Alexandre Dumas

  • 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 most loathsome reptile, rolling in the slush and slime of its stagnant pool, would not bemean itself thus.

  • "Nothing of the kind," cried Lavinia, furious that her mother should think she would so bemean herself.

    Madame Flirt

    Charles E. Pearce


British Dictionary definitions for bemean

bemean

verb
  1. a less common word for demean 1
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