demean

1
[dih-meen]

verb (used with object)

to lower in dignity, honor, or standing; debase: He demeaned himself by accepting the bribe.

Nearby words

  1. demassify,
  2. dematerialize,
  3. dematiaceous,
  4. demavend,
  5. deme,
  6. demeaning,
  7. demeanor,
  8. demeanour,
  9. demeclocycline,
  10. dement

Origin of demean

1
1595–1605; de- + mean2, modeled on debase

demean

2
[dih-meen]

verb (used with object)

to conduct or behave (oneself) in a specified manner.

noun

Archaic. demeanor.

Origin of demean

2
1250–1300; Middle English deme(i)nen < Anglo-French, Old French demener, equivalent to de- de- + mener to lead, conduct < Latin mināre to drive, minārī to threaten

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British Dictionary definitions for demean

demean

1

verb

(tr) to lower (oneself) in dignity, status, or character; humble; debase

Word Origin for demean

C17: see de-, mean ²; on the model of debase

verb

(tr) rare to behave or conduct (oneself) in a specified way

Word Origin for demean

C13: from Old French demener, from de- + mener to lead, drive, from Latin mināre to drive (animals), from minārī to use threats

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Word Origin and History for demean

demean

v.

"lower in dignity," c.1600, perhaps from de- "down" + mean (adj.) and modeled on debase. Indistinguishable in some uses from obsolete demean (see demeanor) which influenced it and may be its true source. Related: Demeaned; demeaning.

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