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demure


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Demure  \De*mure"\,  a.  [Perh.  from  OF  de  murs  (i.  e.,  de  bonnes 
  murs  of  good  manners);  de  of  +  murs,  mours,  meurs,  mors,  F. 
  m?urs,  fr  L.  mores  (sing.  mos)  manners,  morals  (see 
  {Moral});  or  more  prob.  fr  OF  me["u]r,  F.  m[^u]r  mature, 
  ripe  (see  {Mature})  in  a  phrase  preceded  by  de  as  de  m[^u]re 
  conduite  of  mature  conduct.] 
  1.  Of  sober  or  serious  mien;  composed  and  decorous  in 
  bearing;  of  modest  look  staid;  grave. 
 
  Sober,  steadfast,  and  demure.  --Milton. 
 
  Nan  was  very  much  delighted  in  her  demure  way  and 
  that  delight  showed  itself  in  her  face  and  in  her 
  clear  bright  eyes.  --W.  Black. 
 
  2.  Affectedly  modest,  decorous,  or  serious;  making  a  show  of 
  gravity. 
 
  A  cat  lay,  and  looked  so  demure,  as  if  there  had 
  been  neither  life  nor  soul  in  her  --L'Estrange. 
 
  Miss  Lizzy,  I  have  no  doubt,  would  be  as  demure  and 
  coquettish,  as  if  ten  winters  more  had  gone  over  her 
  head.  --Miss 
  Mitford. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Demure  \De*mure"\,  v.  i. 
  To  look  demurely.  [Obs.]  --Shak. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  demure 
  adj  :  affectedly  modest  or  shy  especially  in  a  playful  or 
  provocative  way  [syn:  {coy},  {overmodest}] 




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