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demean


  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  [Our]  clergy  have  with  violence  demeaned  the  matter. 
  --Milton. 
 
  2.  To  conduct;  to  behave;  to  comport;  --  followed  by  the 
  reflexive  pronoun. 
 
  They  have  demeaned  themselves  Like  men  born  to 
  renown  by  life  or  death.  --Shak. 
 
  They  answered  .  .  .  that  they  should  demean 
  themselves  according  to  their  instructions. 
  --Clarendon. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Demean  \De*mean"\,  n.  [OF.  demene.  See  {Demean},  v.  t.] 
  1.  Management;  treatment.  [Obs.] 
 
  Vile  demean  and  usage  bad  --Spenser. 
 
  2.  Behavior;  conduct;  bearing;  demeanor.  [Obs.] 
 
  With  grave  demean  and  solemn  vanity.  --West. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Demean  \De*mean"\,  n.  [See  {Demesne}.] 
  1.  Demesne.  [Obs.] 
 
  2.  pl  Resources;  means  [Obs.] 
 
  You  know  How  narrow  our  demeans  are  --Massinger. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  demean 
  v  :  reduce  in  worth,  character,  etc.;  disgrace;  dishonour  [syn: 
  {degrade},  {disgrace},  {put  down}] 




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