Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state or aspect of being demure; gravity of countenance or demeanor, real or affected; a show of modesty.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The state of being demure; gravity; the show of gravity or modesty.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The state or quality of being demure.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the affectation of being demure in a provocative way
  • noun the trait of behaving with reserve and decorum

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Examples

  • "demureness"/reducing the flesh on display/wearing a jacket really doesn't make sense.

    The Guardian World News

  • We were weeks past demureness, of secreting ourselves deep into earshotless underbrush to go to the bathroom.

    It Wasn't Me.

  • Everyone onstage was almost obediently good; it was left to Auguin's orchestra to sound reminders of love and passion beyond demureness in the pit.

    Anne Midgette reviews Washington National Opera's 'Madama Butterfly'

  • After his unusual demureness in face of the star-making machinery, I'm pleased to see Philip Pullman recovering his characteristic pugnacity to defend his dark materials from the interference of the interfering Faithful: Religion grants its adherents malign, intoxicating and morally corrosive sensations.

    Philip Gets His Groove Back

  • Modern women, rarely overtly assertive, conform to traditional standards of "seductive demureness."

    Tom Doctoroff: Sex in China: Prudence and Prurience

  • After his unusual demureness in face of the star-making machinery, I'm pleased to see Philip Pullman recovering his characteristic pugnacity to defend his dark materials from the interference of the interfering Faithful: Religion grants its adherents malign, intoxicating and morally corrosive sensations.

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  • Modern women, rarely overtly assertive, conform to traditional standards of "seductive demureness."

    Sex in China: Prudence and Prurience

  • The Quran speaks of beauty and demureness, saying that Muslim women should "lower their gaze and guard their modesty," and should not "display their beauty and ornaments."

    Muslim Miss USA: Progress Or Immodesty?

  • Modern women, rarely overtly assertive, conform to traditional standards of "seductive demureness."

    Tom Doctoroff: Sex in China: Prudence and Prurience

  • When you represent some part of the sprawling federal government, though, there's more to contend with than just personal demureness.

    State, Agencies Working Out the Details to Get Online

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