demean

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Etymology 1[edit]

(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.
    • Thackeray
      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 2[edit]

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).

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

  1. To manage; to conduct; to treat.
    • Milton
      [Our] clergy have with violence demeaned the matter.
  2. To conduct; to behave; to comport; followed by the reflexive pronoun.
    • Shakespeare
      They have demeaned themselves / Like men born to renown by life or death.
    • Clarendon
      They answered [] that they should demean themselves according to their instructions.
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Noun[edit]

demean (usually uncountable, plural demeans)

  1. (archaic) Management; treatment.
    • Spenser
      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 […].’
    • West
      with grave demean and solemn vanity
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Etymology 3[edit]

Var. of demesne.

Noun[edit]

demean (plural demeans)

  1. demesne.
  2. resources; means.
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