that demeans; debasing; degrading: Being forced to apologize when I had done nothing wrong was a demeaning task.
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How to use demeaning in a sentence
They may also be subjected to invasive and demeaning physical tests intended to deduce if they are LGBTQ in those countries.‘It’s a Death Sentence’: LGBTQ Afghans Fight for Their Lives | Tim Teeman | August 26, 2021 | The Daily Beast
The path towards real change comes with the development of empathy for those who are on the receiving end of this type of degrading and demeaning behavior, no matter the proffered intent of that behavior.Former Coronado Athletes, Coach Say Tortilla-Throwing Incident Wasn’t Isolated | Kayla Jimenez | July 29, 2021 | Voice of San Diego
The Tweet prompted scrutiny that led to revelations that she had been accused of demeaning students of color at her previous institution.
Automation historically has tended to take the most dirty and dangerous and demeaning jobs and hand them over to machines, and that’s been great.Robots were supposed to take our jobs. Instead, they’re making them worse. | Emily Stewart | July 2, 2021 | Vox
They put you in jobs that are absolutely meaningless and 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 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
And I am prepared to do some pretty demeaning things in order to make sure I get to see it again, because I loved it just so much.
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. | Russell Saunders | March 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Or that being financially provoked to accept a demeaning offer is some form of personal triumph.
Indeed, to "go out as a son-in-law," as the Japanese idiom hath it, is considered demeaning to the matrimonial domestic.The Soul of the Far East | Percival Lowell
Binney Gibbs, however, considered such duties irksome and demeaning.Campmates | Kirk Munroe
If it should be so that she had given him cause of anger, how could she make peace with him without demeaning herself?Miss Ravenel's conversion from secession to loyalty | J. W. de Forest
First, self-respecting ones dislike the demeaning effect of a tip (an occasional few won't take them).Etiquette | Emily Post
The niece of Michele Pignaver is incapable of demeaning herself with a mountebank, sir!Stradella | F(rancis) Marion Crawford