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  • adj. Humble, lowly; abject.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Cast down; humble; submissive.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Downcast; humble; abject.
  • In botany, depressed; flattened.


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From Latin dēmissus, past participle of dēmittere ("demit").


  • He perceived that the Liberal ministry had offended certain influential sections by appearing too demiss or too unenterprising in foreign affairs.


  • Yet charitable readers will believe that in the following sentence demiss has slipped unconsciously from a learned pen:


  • De concessione demiss, Edwardo Ditchfield et aliis.

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  • But the present bunch now occupying the majority of this government are accelerating our demiss and I am not going to sit idly by and allow them free passage to do it.

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  • In failing to flatter you've been remiss

    And now must appease unhappy Miss.

    So forestall perdition

    By abject contrition -

    In posture and word be demiss.

    July 23, 2015