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de·mean 1

 (dĭ-mēn′)
tr.v. de·meaned, de·mean·ing, de·means
To conduct or behave (oneself) in a particular manner: demeaned themselves well in class.

[Middle English demeinen, to govern, from Old French demener : de-, de- + mener, to conduct (from Latin mināre, to drive (animals), from minārī, to threaten, from minae, threats; see men- in Indo-European roots).]

de·mean 2

 (dĭ-mēn′)
tr.v. de·meaned, de·mean·ing, de·means
To lower in status or character; degrade or humble: professionals who feel demeaned by unskilled work. See Synonyms at debase.

[de- + mean.]

de·mean′ing·ly adv.

demean

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

demean

(dɪˈmiːn)
vb
(tr) rare 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]

de•mean1

(dɪˈmin)

v.t.
to lower in dignity or standing; debase.
[1595–1605; de- + mean2, modeled on debase]

de•mean2

(dɪˈmin)

v.t.
to conduct or behave (oneself) in a specified manner.
[1250–1300; Middle English deme(i)nen < Anglo-French, Old French demener=de- de- + mener to lead, conduct < Latin mināre to drive, minārī to threaten]

demean


Past participle: demeaned
Gerund: demeaning

Imperative
demean
demean
Present
I demean
you demean
he/she/it demeans
we demean
you demean
they demean
Preterite
I demeaned
you demeaned
he/she/it demeaned
we demeaned
you demeaned
they demeaned
Present Continuous
I am demeaning
you are demeaning
he/she/it is demeaning
we are demeaning
you are demeaning
they are demeaning
Present Perfect
I have demeaned
you have demeaned
he/she/it has demeaned
we have demeaned
you have demeaned
they have demeaned
Past Continuous
I was demeaning
you were demeaning
he/she/it was demeaning
we were demeaning
you were demeaning
they were demeaning
Past Perfect
I had demeaned
you had demeaned
he/she/it had demeaned
we had demeaned
you had demeaned
they had demeaned
Future
I will demean
you will demean
he/she/it will demean
we will demean
you will demean
they will demean
Future Perfect
I will have demeaned
you will have demeaned
he/she/it will have demeaned
we will have demeaned
you will have demeaned
they will have demeaned
Future Continuous
I will be demeaning
you will be demeaning
he/she/it will be demeaning
we will be demeaning
you will be demeaning
they will be demeaning
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been demeaning
you have been demeaning
he/she/it has been demeaning
we have been demeaning
you have been demeaning
they have been demeaning
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been demeaning
you will have been demeaning
he/she/it will have been demeaning
we will have been demeaning
you will have been demeaning
they will have been demeaning
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been demeaning
you had been demeaning
he/she/it had been demeaning
we had been demeaning
you had been demeaning
they had been demeaning
Conditional
I would demean
you would demean
he/she/it would demean
we would demean
you would demean
they would demean
Past Conditional
I would have demeaned
you would have demeaned
he/she/it would have demeaned
we would have demeaned
you would have demeaned
they would have demeaned
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.demean - reduce in worth or character, usually verbally; "She tends to put down younger women colleagues"; "His critics took him down after the lecture"
abase, chagrin, humiliate, humble, mortify - cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of; "He humiliated his colleague by criticising him in front of the boss"
reduce - lower in grade or rank or force somebody into an undignified situation; "She reduced her niece to a servant"
dehumanise, dehumanize - deprive of human qualities; "Life in poverty has dehumanized them"

demean

verb degrade, lower, debase, humble, abase Pornography demeans women.
demean yourself lower yourself, humiliate yourself, humble yourself, debase yourself, downgrade yourself, abase yourself, belittle yourself, degrade yourself I wasn't going to demean myself by answering him.

demean 1

verb
To conduct oneself in a specified way:

demean 2

verb
1. To deprive of esteem, self-worth, or effectiveness:
Idioms: bring low, take down a peg.
2. To lower in character or quality:
Translations

demean

[dɪˈmiːn] VTdegradar
to demean o.srebajarse, degradarse

demean

[dɪˈmiːn] vt (= degrade) to demean o.s. → s'abaisser

demean

vr
(= lower)sich erniedrigen; I will not demean myself by doing thatich werde mich nicht dazu hergeben, das zu tun
(= behave)sich benehmen or verhalten

demean

[dɪˈmiːn] vtsvilire
to demean o.s → abbassarsi
References in classic literature ?
When we're indoors, they come a- roaring and screaming about the house like so many devils; and my lord instead of ordering them to be drove away, goes out into the balcony and demeans himself by making speeches to 'em, and calls
I admit that I am a spy, and that it is considered a discreditable station--though it must be filled by somebody; but this gentleman is no spy, and why should he so demean himself as to make himself one?
Here Don Quixote joined them; and learning what passed, and how soon Sancho was to go to his government, he with the duke's permission took him by the hand, and retired to his room with him for the purpose of giving him advice as to how he was to demean himself in his office.
One who has reached my years, and who has a name for wisdom, ought not to demean himself.
To my shame be it said, I had thought at first of nothing but the part that I was to play, of my own cleverness, of how I should demean myself; but now that I was in the country, an ominous thought flashed through my soul like a thunderbolt tearing its way through a veil of gray cloud.
My mind, however, is now made up on the subject, for having received ordination at Easter, I have been so fortunate as to be distinguished by the patronage of the Right Honourable Lady Catherine de Bourgh, widow of Sir Lewis de Bourgh, whose bounty and beneficence has preferred me to the valuable rectory of this parish, where it shall be my earnest endeavour to demean myself with grateful respect towards her Ladyship, and be ever ready to perform those rites and ceremonies which are instituted by the Church of England.
This woman's kin wouldn't like her to demean herself to a common carpenter.
Susan and an attendant girl, whose inferior appearance informed Fanny, to her great surprise, that she had previously seen the upper servant, brought in everything necessary for the meal; Susan looking, as she put the kettle on the fire and glanced at her sister, as if divided between the agreeable triumph of shewing her activity and usefulness, and the dread of being thought to demean herself by such an office.
Think you that a thern would demean himself by labour?
If the Colonel says I must, I--I'll [almost sobbing] I'll demean myself.
Thank you for assuming that I would not demean myself with lies.
Balashev began to feel uncomfortable: as envoy he feared to demean his dignity and felt the necessity of replying; but, as a man, he shrank before the transport of groundless wrath that had evidently seized Napoleon.