demean

1
[ dih-meen ]
/ dɪˈmin /
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verb (used with object)

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

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Origin of demean

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

Definition for demean (2 of 2)

demean2
[ dih-meen ]
/ dɪˈmin /

verb (used with object)

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

noun

Archaic. demeanor.

Origin of demean

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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 (1 of 2)

demean1
/ (dɪˈmiːn) /

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

British Dictionary definitions for demean (2 of 2)

demean2
/ (dɪˈmiːn) /

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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