- that demeans; debasing; degrading: Being forced to apologize when I had done nothing wrong was a demeaning task.
Origin of demeaning
- to lower in dignity, honor, or standing; debase: He demeaned himself by accepting the bribe.
Origin of demean1
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- to conduct or behave (oneself) in a specified manner.
- Archaic. demeanor.
Origin of demean2
Examples from the Web for demeaning
I was under the impression that “girls” is a demeaning term for adult women.Up to a Point: They Made Me Write About Lena Dunham
P. J. O’Rourke
December 13, 2014
She revealed the demeaning discrimination that nearly crippled the souls of black folks in Mississippi.Remembering Civil Rights Heroine Fannie Lou Hamer: 'I'm Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired'
Lottie L. Joiner
September 2, 2014
Indeed, writers at prominent online media outlets chide us for “demeaning” vaccine-deniers, saying to do so “defies explanation.”Thanks, Anti-Vaxxers. You Just Brought Back Measles in NYC.
March 13, 2014
Or that being financially provoked to accept a demeaning offer is some form of personal triumph.YouPorn’s French Publicity Stunt
February 21, 2014
One has to wonder if those who do so grasp how insulting and demeaning it is to the president.The Government Shutdown Isn’t Racist
October 8, 2013
Just who the hell do you think you are—demeaning the dignity of the United States Senate?Ten From Infinity
Paul W. Fairman
In this demeaning paradigm, "touch is a gift from one who is whole to one who is not" (p. 68).Nursing as Caring
I will not have you demeaning yourself, even in speech, before Cecile's friend.Two Knapsacks
But I get some fun trying to do things I never did before, while Mammy scolds me for demeaning myself.Dixie After the War
Myrta Lockett Avary
But a Creole or Spaniard would think it demeaning to drive his own volante; the thing is never seen on the island.History of Cuba; or, Notes of a Traveller in the Tropics
Maturin M. Ballou
- (tr) to lower (oneself) in dignity, status, or character; humble; debase
- (tr) rare to behave or conduct (oneself) in a specified way
Word Origin and History for demeaning
1829, present participle adjective from demean (v.). Related: Demeaningly.