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From Latin dēmissus, past participle of dēmittō (demit).


demiss (comparative more demiss, superlative most demiss)

  1. (archaic) Humble, lowly; abject.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)
    • 1595, Barnabe Barnes, A Divine Centurie of Spirituall Sonnets, London: John Windet, Sonnet 31,[1]
      Oh that I had whole westerne windes of breath,
      My voice and tongue should not bee so remisse:
      My notes should not bee so rare and demisse:
    • 1660, Samuel Clarke, The Lives of Two and Twenty English Divines, London: Thomas Underhill and John Rothwell, “The Life and Death of Master William Bradshaw,” pp. 45-46,[2]
      [] Master Bradshaw was not a man of much out side, nor forward to put out himself, of a very bashfull and demiss, but not fawning deportment []