American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The way in which a person behaves; deportment.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Conduct; management; treatment.
- n. Behavior; carriage; bearing; deportment: as, decent demeanor; sad demeanor.
- n. Synonyms Conduct, Deportment, etc. (see behavior), manner, mien, bearing, air.
- n. the social non-verbal behaviours (such as body language and facial expressions) that characterise a person
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (behavioral attributes) the way a person behaves toward other people
- Middle English demenen, demeinen, from Anglo-Norman demener, from Old French demener, from de- + mener ("to conduct, lead") + -or, from Latin mināre and Latin minārī "to threaten" (Wiktionary)
“Mr. Friedman, who's been writing his column for over a decade (before that he co-edited New York magazine's Intelligencer column and contributed to The Observer), has been a controversial figure for negative things he's written, like a recent column on Julia Roberts in which he called her demeanor at the premiere of Duplicity "unexpected and chilling.”
“Having recently experienced ER care in a Jersey City hospital and a week later minor surgery (with total anesthesia) in one in Bayonne, I can say with certainty that “amenities” such as responding to reasonable requests, pleasant demeanor from the nurses, and honest answers to questions meant a great deal to me, both with their absence (Jersey) and presence (Bayonne).”
“As a new fashion editor, I have experienced everything from subtle shifts in demeanor to snide remarks to outright eye-rolls when people look at my card and see my title.”
“Her credentials and experience are very impressive and her personal demeanor is pleasantly cordial and friendly.”
“Under that smooth talking southern demeanor is a true gritty Alabama born kick-@$$.”
“This whole business about which elite member of the political class can feign more of a working-class demeanor is becoming downright embarrassing.”
“His calm demeanor is belied by an intense stare he uses as a laser guide for Morris to slide the stone down a path of strategic calculation.”
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“Each time I see and listen to him, his anger and hateful demeanor is off the charts.”
“Hillary: You're behavior and demeanor is becoming SO undignified!”
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