demeans

demean

1 [dih-meen]
verb (used with object)
to lower in dignity, honor, or standing; debase: He demeaned himself by accepting the bribe.

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


degrade, humble, humiliate, mortify.


dignify, honor.
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demean

2 [dih-meen]
verb (used with object)
1.
to conduct or behave (oneself) in a specified manner.
noun
2.
Archaic. demeanor.

Origin:
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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demean1 (dɪˈmiːn)
 
vb
(tr) to lower (oneself) in dignity, status, or character; humble; debase
 
[C17: see de-, mean²; on the model of debase]

demean2 (dɪˈmiːn)
 
vb
rare (tr) to behave or conduct (oneself) in a specified way
 
[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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demean
"lower in dignity," c.1600, perhaps from de- "down" + mean (adj.) and modeled on debase. Indistinguishable in some uses from obsolete demean (see demeanor) which influenced it and may be its true source.
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