Synonyms of 'demote'
If managers prove inefficient they should be demoted.
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If someone is downgraded, their job or status is changed so that they become less important or receive less money.
His superiors downgraded him.
Thesaurus for demote from the Collins English Thesaurus
If someone demotes you, they give you a lower rank or a less important position than you already have, often as a punishment .