Demean

Definition of Demean

De`mean´
v. t.1.To manage; to conduct; to treat.
[imp. & p. p. Demeaned ; p. pr. & vb. n. Demeaning.]
[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.
3.To debase; to lower; to degrade; - followed by the reflexive pronoun.
Her son would demean himself by a marriage with an artist's daughter.
- Thackeray.
n.1.Management; treatment.
Vile demean and usage bad.
- Spenser.
2.Behavior; conduct; bearing; demeanor.
With grave demean and solemn vanity.
- West.
1.Demesne.
2.Resources; means.
You know
How narrow our demeans are.
- Massinger.

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