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mien

[meen] /min/
noun
1.
air, bearing, or demeanor, as showing character, feeling, etc.:
a man of noble mien.
Origin
1505-1515
1505-15; probably aphetic variant of obsolete demean bearing, demean2; spelled with -ie- to distinguish it from mean2
Can be confused
mean, mien.
Synonyms
appearance, look; carriage.
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Examples for mien
  • Voters seemed put off by his gloomy and aloof mien.
  • Offit is quick-witted, funny, and — despite a generally mild-mannered mien — sometimes so assertive as to seem brash.
  • I'm ever amazed by the undignified mien of many sales reps.
  • Roberts has a boyish mien, a handsome family and an Indiana upbringing.
  • He was a Vietnam veteran with a haunted mien.
  • Slow was her step, and awful was her mien.
  • The glance of its bright red eyes was penetrating, its mien alert, its general impression one of grace and strength.
  • Once bankers took pride in their awe-inspiring mien.
  • There is nothing of despondency in their sorrowing mien.
  • Rugged hills and a barbed-wire fence give the soft images a harsh Western mien.
British Dictionary definitions for mien

mien

/miːn/
noun
1.
(literary) a person's manner, bearing, or appearance, expressing personality or mood a noble mien
Word Origin
C16: probably variant of obsolete demean appearance; related to French mine aspect
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Contemporary definitions for mien
noun

demeanor, conduct

Word Origin

shortening and alteration of demean

noun

appearance, bearing; manner

Word Origin

shortening and alteration of demean

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Word Origin and History for mien
mien
"facial expression," 1513, shortening of M.E. demean "bearing, demeanor" (see demeanor); infl. by M.Fr. mine "appearance, facial expression," possibly of Celtic origin (cf. Bret. min "beak, muzzle, nose," Ir. men "mouth").
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