- 1demean yourself to do something that makes people have less respect for you I wouldn't demean myself by asking for charity.
- 2demean somebody/something to make people have less respect for somebody/something synonym degrade Such images demean women. Behaviour like this demeans politics. Word Origin early 17th cent.: from de- ‘away, down’ + the adjective mean, on the pattern of debase.
BrE BrE//dɪˈmiːn//; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈmiːn//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they demean
BrE BrE//dɪˈmiːn//; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈmiːn//he / she / it demeans
BrE BrE//dɪˈmiːnz//; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈmiːnz//past simple demeaned
BrE BrE//dɪˈmiːnd//; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈmiːnd//past participle demeaned
BrE BrE//dɪˈmiːnd//; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈmiːnd//-ing form demeaning
BrE BrE//dɪˈmiːnɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈmiːnɪŋ//