demean

To demean someone is to insult them. To demean is to degrade or put down a person or thing.

If you noticed the word mean in demean, that's a good clue to its meaning. To demean someone is very mean. You are demeaning your sister or brother if you run their underwear up a flagpole. A teacher could demean a student by saying "You're stupid!" To demean is to insult: no one wants to be demeaned. Insulting language is often called demeaning. We can also say a bad president demeaned his office.

Definitions of demean
  1. verb
    reduce in worth or character, usually verbally
    synonyms: degrade, disgrace, put down, take down
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    types:
    reduce
    lower in grade or rank or force somebody into an undignified situation
    dehumanise, dehumanize
    deprive of human qualities
    type of:
    abase, chagrin, humble, humiliate, mortify
    cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of
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