1Cause a severe loss in the dignity of and respect for (someone or something): I had demeaned the profession
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- But you abused, debased and threatened that woman, threatening her and demeaning her.
- The editor rejects as ‘drivel’ any suggestion that his paper may be demeaning women.
- I wish he would stop demeaning the provincial system in his writings.
1.1 (demean oneself) Do something that is beneath one’s dignity.
- Too many people, though - many of them female - still seem to think that a woman demeans herself when she wears a revealing dress.
- She says ambitious celebrities who appear topless or in bikinis in steamy photo shoots are ‘disgusting’ and are demeaning themselves.
- Neither demeaning themselves to meet low tastes, nor overbearing in their presentation, they fit in perfectly with their requirement as a typical TV presenter.
verb(demean oneself) archaic
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