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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
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