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Definition of DEMEAN

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Demean \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 {Menace}.]
     1. To manage; to conduct; to treat.
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              [Our] clergy have with violence demeaned the matter.
                                                    --Milton. [1913 Webster]

     2. To conduct; to behave; to comport; -- followed by the reflexive pronoun. [1913 Webster]

              They have demeaned themselves
              Like men born to renown by life or death. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

              They answered . . . that they should demean themselves according to their instructions.
                                                    --Clarendon. [1913 Webster]

     3. To debase; to lower; to degrade; -- followed by the reflexive pronoun. [1913 Webster]

              Her son would demean himself by a marriage with an artist's daughter.                    --Thackeray. [1913 Webster]

     Note: This sense is probably due to a false etymology which regarded the word as connected with the adjective mean. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Demean \De*mean"\, n. [OF. demene. See {Demean}, v. t.]
     1. Management; treatment. [Obs.]
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              Vile demean and usage bad.            --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

     2. Behavior; conduct; bearing; demeanor. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

              With grave demean and solemn vanity.  --West. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Demean \De*mean"\, n. [See {Demesne}.]
     1. Demesne. [Obs.]
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     2. pl. Resources; means. [Obs.]
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              You know
              How narrow our demeans are.           --Massinger. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

36 Moby Thesaurus words for "demean":
     abase, abash, acquit, act, bear, belittle, bring down, bring low, carry, cast down, comport, conduct, contemn, crush, debase, decry, degrade, deport, derogate, despise, detract, diminish, disparage, dump, dump on, go on, humiliate, lower, put down, quit, reduce, scorn, set down, sink, take down, trip up


Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]


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