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demeaning Line breaks: de¦mean|ing
Pronunciation: /dɪˈmiːnɪŋ/

Definition of demeaning in English:


Causing someone to lose their dignity and the respect of others: the poster was not demeaning to women
More example sentences
  • They are going to introduce fair benefits for asylum seekers to replace what they call the demeaning voucher system.
  • The word was used twice in a demeaning manner.
  • At least we no longer have to listen to her demeaning comments.



Example sentences
  • He ducked a blow from the assassin, tripped him demeaningly with his lead leg and rose just in time to spin away and greet the accomplice with a bruising set of shots to the ribcage.
  • He grinned demeaningly at her, slowly coming closer.

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