demeaning

[ dih-mee-ning ]
/ dɪˈmi nɪŋ /

adjective

that demeans; debasing; degrading: Being forced to apologize when I had done nothing wrong was a demeaning task.

Nearby words

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

Origin of demeaning

First recorded in 1875–80; demean1 + -ing2

demean

1
[ dih-meen ]
/ dɪˈmin /

verb (used with object)

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

Origin of demean

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

demean

2
[ dih-meen ]
/ dɪˈmin /

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 demeaning

demean

1
/ (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

demean

2
/ (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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