demureness


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de·mure

 (dĭ-myo͝or′)
adj. de·mur·er, de·mur·est
1. Modest and reserved in manner or behavior.
2. Characterized by or suggestive of reserve or modesty: a demure smile; a demure outfit.

[Middle English, probably from Anglo-Norman (influenced by Old French mur, meur, mature, serious), past participle of demurer, to delay, wait; see demur.]

de·mure′ly adv.
de·mure′ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.demureness - the trait of behaving with reserve and decorum
reserve, modesty - formality and propriety of manner
2.demureness - the affectation of being demure in a provocative way
affectedness - the quality of being false or artificial (as to impress others)

demureness

noun
Reserve in speech, behavior, or dress:
Translations
إحْتِشام
rezervovanostzdrženlivost
ærbarheddydighed
illedelmességkiegyensúlyozottság
lítillæti, hógværî
skromnosť
çekingenlikutangaçlık

demureness

[dɪˈmjʊənɪs] Nrecato m

demureness

nSittsamkeit f

demureness

[dɪˈmjʊənɪs] ncontegno

demure

(diˈmjuə) adjective
quiet, shy, modest and well behaved (sometimes deceptively). She looked too demure ever to do such a bold thing.
deˈmurely adverb
deˈmureness noun
References in classic literature ?
And here she closed her harangue: a long one for her, and uttered with the demureness of a Quakeress.
Ten yards farther on, John de Witt met a lovely young girl, of about seventeen or eighteen, dressed in the national costume of the Frisian women, who, with pretty demureness, dropped a curtesy to him.
There are things we know we know: the two sides don't really want to live together but at present can't see a feasible alternative to marriage, so vacillate between affected demureness and outright chauvinism as they begrudgingly inch towards the altar where the UN awaits, spent flowers in hand.
That balance between demureness and rawness is how she pulls off giving her rapper boyfriend a lap dance in "Body Party" while seeming very much in charge.
5) "No longer associated with psychological characteristics and behaviours like demureness or passivity, or with homemaking and mothering skills, it is now defined in advertising and elsewhere in the media as the possession of a young, able-bodied, heterossexual, 'sexy' body.
The voices in Light are often detached from reality in an existential manner and in the context of female demureness.
A traditional expectation of demureness was another reason that prevented women in the region from highlighting their capabilities among people that mattered.
Lose British demureness and the auditorium seating and this would be a full-blown knees-up.