[ dih-moht ]
/ dɪˈmoʊt /
verb (used with object), de·mot·ed, de·mot·ing.
to reduce to a lower grade, rank, class, or position (opposed to promote): They demoted the careless waiter to busboy.
Related formsde·mo·tion, noun
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Examples from the Web for demotion
Moving to Hulu like Larry King could give him free rein—but is that too much of a demotion from venerable Tonight?
He just felt that he was reasonably secure against promotion, and that he need not be afraid of "demotion."John Wesley, Jr.|Dan B. Brummitt
British Dictionary definitions for demotion
/ (dɪˈməʊt) /
(tr) to lower in rank or position; relegate
Derived Formsdemotion, noun
Word Origin for demote
C19: from de- + (pro) mote
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