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demeaning (dɪˈmiːnɪŋ) 



  1. intended to lower a person's dignity, status, or character   ⇒ demeaning sexist comments, the demeaning treatment of prisoners, Aid, however it is obtained, is demeaning to the recipients.

demean1 (dɪˈmiːn Pronunciation for demean1



  1. (transitive) to lower (oneself) in dignity, status, or character; humble; debase

Word Origin

C17: see de-, mean2; on the model of debase

demean2 (dɪˈmiːn Pronunciation for demean2



  1. (transitive) (rare) to behave or conduct (oneself) in a specified way

Word Origin

C13: from Old French demener, from de- + mener to lead, drive, from Latin mināre to drive (animals), from minārī to use threats

Translations for 'demeaning'

  • British English: demeaning Something that is demeaning makes people have less respect for the person who is treated in that way, or who does that thing. ADJECTIVE...making demeaning comments.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: degradante
  • Chinese: 降低身份的
  • European Spanish: degradante
  • French: dégradant dégradante
  • German: erniedrigend
  • Italian: degradante
  • Japanese: 屈辱的な
  • Korean: 비하하는
  • Portuguese: degradante
  • Spanish: degradante

Example Sentences Including 'demeaning'

"I was about to toss the fifty down to him when it dawned on me how demeaning a gesture that would be.
Pritchard, John Night Sisters
"We have seen what a demeaning farce the whole business of rounding up votes in the security council is," Black said.
Toronto Sun (2003)
And now, when I think about him, I just think demeaning thoughts, like about his knob.
Richard Francis PROSPECT HILL (2003)
But we should appreciate just how insulting and demeaning this image is.
Spiked (2004)
For instance, the idea that people forced to subsist on welfare should be given vouchers instead of an income is extremely demeaning.
The Mercury, Sunday Tasmanian (2005)
I agree that promiscuity can only be ultimately demeaning , particularly for women," said Loretta.
Howatch, Susan Absolute Truths
The whole process is very clinical and somewhat demeaning to both parties, particularly the one who has to visit.
Coyle, Andrew & Stern, Vivien The Prisons We Deserve
To glorify terrorism in this way is demeaning to the victims of violence.
Belfast Telegraph (2004)


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