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Meaning of DEMURE

Pronunciation:  di'myûr

WordNet Dictionary
[adj]  affectedly modest or shy especially in a playful or provocative way

DEMURE is a 6 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: coy, modest, overmodest



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \De*mure"\, a. [Perh. from OF. de murs (i. e., de bonnes
    murs of good manners); de of + murs, mours, meurs, mors, F.
    m?urs, fr. L. mores (sing. mos) manners, morals (see
    {Moral}); or more prob. fr. OF. me["u]r, F. m[^u]r mature,
    ripe (see {Mature}) in a phrase preceded by de, as de m[^u]re
    conduite of mature conduct.]
    1. Of sober or serious mien; composed and decorous in
       bearing; of modest look; staid; grave.
             Sober, steadfast, and demure.         --Milton.
             Nan was very much delighted in her demure way, and
             that delight showed itself in her face and in her
             clear bright eyes.                    --W. Black.
    2. Affectedly modest, decorous, or serious; making a show of
             A cat lay, and looked so demure, as if there had
             been neither life nor soul in her.    --L'Estrange.
             Miss Lizzy, I have no doubt, would be as demure and
             coquettish, as if ten winters more had gone over her
             head.                                 --Miss
  2. \De*mure"\, v. i.
    To look demurely. [Obs.] --Shak.
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