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[dih-mee-ner] /dɪˈmi nər/
conduct; behavior; deportment.
facial appearance; mien.
Also, especially British, demeanour.
Origin of demeanor
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English demenure. See demean2, -or1
manner, comportment, bearing. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • What amused him most was the demeanor of Mr. Forbes; he had expected vituperations from him at every point of his confession.

    For Gold or Soul? Lurana W. Sheldon
  • "I know it from your face, your demeanor all the time, whatever you're doing," he said.

    The Mystery of Murray Davenport Robert Neilson Stephens
  • But you express a kind of superb weariness, and yet occasional flashes of excitement are in your talk and demeanor.

    An Ambitious Woman Edgar Fawcett
  • His manners and demeanor were extremely modest and unobtrusive.

  • A sly impulse, suggested probably by Halstead's demeanor, prompted me to play 'possum and pretend that I had not waked this time.

    When Life Was Young C. A. Stephens
Word Origin and History for demeanor

late 15c., from obsolete Middle English demean "handle, manage, conduct," later "behave in a certain way" (early 14c.), from Old French demener (11c.) "to guide, conduct; to live, dwell," from de- "completely" (see de-) + mener "to lead, direct," from Latin minare "to threaten," in Late Latin "to drive (a herd of animals);" see menace. Sense in English evolved from notion of "conduct, manage" (oneself). Spelling changed by influence of nouns in -or, -our.

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