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Meaning of DEMEAN

Pronunciation:  di'meen

WordNet Dictionary
[v]  reduce in worth, character, etc.; disgrace; dishonour

DEMEAN is a 6 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: degrade, disgrace, put down
 See Also: abase, chagrin, dehumanise, dehumanize, humble, humiliate, mortify, reduce



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \De*mean"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Demeaned}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Demeaning}.] [OF. demener to conduct, guide, manage, F.
    se d['e]mener to struggle; pref. d['e]- (L. de) + mener to
    lead, drive, carry on, conduct, fr. L. minare to drive
    animals by threatening cries, fr. minari to threaten. See
    1. To manage; to conduct; to treat.
             [Our] clergy have with violence demeaned the matter.
    2. To conduct; to behave; to comport; -- followed by the
       reflexive pronoun.
             They have demeaned themselves Like men born to
             renown by life or death.              --Shak.
             They answered . . . that they should demean
             themselves according to their instructions.
    3. To debase; to lower; to degrade; -- followed by the
       reflexive pronoun.
             Her son would demean himself by a marriage with an
             artist's daughter.                    --Thackeray.
    Note: This sense is probably due to a false etymology which
          regarded the word as connected with the adjective mean.
  2. \De*mean"\, n. [OF. demene. See {Demean}, v. t.]
    1. Management; treatment. [Obs.]
             Vile demean and usage bad.            --Spenser.
    2. Behavior; conduct; bearing; demeanor. [Obs.]
             With grave demean and solemn vanity.  --West.
  3. \De*mean"\, n. [See {Demesne}.]
    1. Demesne. [Obs.]
    2. pl. Resources; means. [Obs.]
             You know How narrow our demeans are.  --Massinger.
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