AskDefine | Define demean

Dictionary Definition

demean v : reduce in worth or character, usually verbally; "She tends to put down younger women colleagues"; "His critics took him down after the lecture" [syn: take down, degrade, disgrace, put down]

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Pronunciation

Noun

demean
  1. demesne.
  2. resources; means.
  3. Management; treatment.
  4. Behavior; conduct; bearing; demeanor.

Verb

  1. To manage; to conduct; to treat.
  2. To conduct; to behave; to comport; -- followed by the reflexive pronoun.
  3. To debase; to lower; to degrade; -- followed by the reflexive pronoun.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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