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Did she not break into lamentation and woe that a brother should so demean himself?

One who has reached my years, and who has a name for wisdom, ought not to demean himself.

Of course he was not going to demean himself by talking to "that atheist's daughter."

She had been well tutored on every point, what to say and how to demean herself.

For all I've had to demean myself to wait on sich as you, I'm a Christian!

I never could demean myself to be just an every-day creature like that!

The old squire did not demean himself by a single outcry of pain.

Besides, she lays traps to demean me; set me to work like a clerk!

"So also do I purpose to demean myself," said Edwald, with a friendly smile.

For his sake so demean thyself that all that he hath done will be condoned.

WORD ORIGIN

"lower in dignity," c.1600, perhaps from de- "down" + mean (adj.) and modeled on debase. Indistinguishable in some uses from obsolete demean (see demeanor) which influenced it and may be its true source. Related: Demeaned; demeaning.

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