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PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /dɪˈmiːn/
  • Rhymes: -iːn
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Etymology 1Edit

(1595) From de- +‎ mean (lowly, base, common), from Middle English mene, aphetic variation of imene (mean, base, common), from Old English ġemǣne (mean, common). Compare English bemean.

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demean (third-person singular simple present demeans, present participle demeaning, simple past and past participle demeaned)

  1. To debase; to lower; to degrade.
    • 1848, William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair, Chapter 6:
      It was, of course, Mrs. Sedley's opinion that her son would demean himself by a marriage with an artist's daughter.
  2. To humble, humble oneself; to humiliate.
  3. To mortify.

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Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English demenen, demeinen, from Anglo-Norman demener, from Old French demener, from de- + mener (to conduct, lead), from Vulgar Latin *mināre (to drive) and Latin minārī (to threaten).

VerbEdit

demean (third-person singular simple present demeans, present participle demeaning, simple past and past participle demeaned)

  1. To manage; to conduct; to treat.
    • 1644, John Milton, Areopagitica
      But now, as our obdurate clergy have with violence demeaned the matter.
  2. To conduct; to behave; to comport; followed by the reflexive pronoun.
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NounEdit

demean (usually uncountable, plural demeans)

  1. (archaic) Management; treatment.
    • (Can we date this quote by Spenser and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      vile demean and usage bad
  2. (archaic) Behavior; conduct; bearing; demeanor.
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, V.5:
      ‘When thou hast all this doen, then bring me newes / Of his demeane […].’
    • (Can we date this quote by West and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      with grave demean and solemn vanity
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Etymology 3Edit

Variant of demesne.

NounEdit

demean (plural demeans)

  1. demesne.
  2. resources; means.
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