demean

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /dɪˈmiːn/
  • Rhymes: -iːn
  • (file)

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.

Verb[edit]

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 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).

Verb[edit]

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

  1. (obsolete) To manage; to conduct; to treat.
    • 1644, John Milton, Areopagitica
      But now, as our obdurate clergy have with violence demeaned the matter.
  2. (now rare) To conduct; to behave; to comport; followed by the reflexive pronoun.
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Noun[edit]

demean (usually uncountable, plural demeans)

  1. (obsolete) Management; treatment.
  2. (obsolete) 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 […].’
    • 1739, Gilbert West, A canto of the Fairy Queen (later called On the Abuse of Travelling)
      with grave demean and solemn vanity
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Etymology 3[edit]

Variant of demesne.

Noun[edit]

demean (plural demeans)

  1. demesne.
  2. resources; means.
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Etymology 4[edit]

de- +‎ mean

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

  1. (statistics, transitive) To subtract the mean from (a value, or every observation in a dataset).
    • 2013, Hans-Jürgen Andreß, Katrin Golsch, and Alexander W. Schmidt, Applied Panel Data Analysis for Economic and Social Surveys, page 177:
      Concerning FE estimation, it makes no difference whether you demean the data with unit-specific means computed on (balanced) T observations per unit, or with unit-specific means computed on (unbalanced) Ti observations per unit.

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