Definition of demotion in English:

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demotion

Pronunciation: /dēˈmōSH(ə)n/

noun

Reduction in rank or status: too many demotions would weaken morale
More example sentences
  • This weekend he was adamant that there was no rift with his former master, but was mystified about his demotion to the ranks.
  • His sentence by a special court-martial judge includes discharge for bad conduct and demotion to the lowest rank of private.
  • The two men also would face non-judicial punishments, which could include a loss of pay or demotion in rank.

Origin

Early 20th century: from demote, on the pattern of promotion.

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Syllabification: de·mo·tion

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