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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DEMURENESS

He was captivated by her freshness and beauty, her demureness, her ignorance of all things vicious.

(With the faintest suggestion of demureness) All pretty things do.

"I'm visiting Jane," she replied at length, with an affectation of demureness.

Some of the lads had evidently had saké and even the girls had lost their demureness.

This with a sudden explosiveness at the last, after the demureness.

Judith, the picture of demureness, would give him a glance that would almost create an explosion.

She walked up the long interior with the demureness of a stockbroker's young wife out for the evening from Putney Hill.

Dotty thought of Harriet all the afternoon, and walked about the house with a demureness quite unusual.

There was in the frock a demureness almost Quaker-like which as a foil for her beauty breathed the very essence of coquetry.

There is a demureness, a restraint which reminds one that the atmosphere of far-away Castile is still upon them.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c. (early 14c. as a surname), from Old French meur "mature, fully grown, ripe," hence "discreet," from Latin maturus "mature" (see mature (v.)) [OED]. The de- in this word is of uncertain meaning. Or possibly from Anglo-French demuré (Old French demoré), past participle of demorer "stay," and influenced by meur [Barnhart]. Or from Old French de (bon) murs "of good manners," from murs (Modern French moeurs) [Klein].

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