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Definition of Demean


  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.
  4. Management; treatment.
  5. Behavior; conduct; bearing; demeanor.
  6. Demesne.
  7. Resources; means.

Demean Quotations

I have no right, by anything I do or say, to demean a human being in his own eyes. What matters is not what I think of him; it is what he thinks of himself. To undermine a man's self-respect is a sin.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery

What does it mean to love someone with all your heart? It means to love with all your emotional feelings and with all your devotion. Surely when you love your wife with all your heart, you cannot demean her, criticize her, find fault with her, or abuse her by words, sullen behavior, or actions.
Ezra Taft Benson

Heroes are those who can somehow resist the power of the situation and act out of noble motives, or behave in ways that do not demean others when they easily can.
Philip Zimbardo

I mean, if you degrade someone, you isolate them, you control them, you call them names, you demean them. That's a horrible existence for people.
Phil McGraw

We cannot banish dangers, but we can banish fears. We must not demean life by standing in awe of death.
David Sarnoff
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Demean Translations

demean in German is sich benehmen
demean in Spanish is rebajar

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