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Webster 1913 Edition


Demeanor

De-mean′or

,
Noun.
[Written also
demeanour
.]
[For
demeanure
, fr.
demean
. See
Demean
,
Verb.
T.
]
1.
Management; treatment; conduct.
[Obs.]
God commits the managing so great a trust . . . wholly to the
demeanor
of every grown man.
Milton.
2.
Behavior; deportment; carriage; bearing; mien.
His
demeanor
was singularly pleasing.
Macaulay.
The men, as usual, liked her artless kindness and simple refined
demeanor
.
Thackeray.

Webster 1828 Edition


Demeanor

DEMEANOR

,
Noun.
Behavior; carriage; deportment; as decent demeanor; sad demeanor.

Definition 2021


demeanor

demeanor

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demeanor (countable and uncountable, plural demeanors)

  1. The social, non-verbal behaviours (such as body language and facial expressions) that are characteristic of a person.
    The man's demeanor made others suspicious of his intentions.
    A confident demeanor is crucial for persuading others.
    • a. 1587, Raphael Holinshed, quoting Strabo, Historie of England, Book III:
      At this present (saith he) certeine princes of Britaine, procuring by ambassadors and dutifull demeanors the amitie of the emperour Augustus, haue offered in the capitoll vnto the gods presents or gifts, and haue ordeined the whole Ile in a manner to be appertinent, proper, and familiar to the Romans.
    • 1993, “Interrogation: The Kinesics Technique”, in John J. Fay, editor, Encyclopedia of Security Management, ISBN 0750696605, page 418:
      Demeanors that are apologetic and overly polite are inherently contradictory to demeanors that exhibit fear and anger.

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  • demeanor in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
  • demeanor in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

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