Definition of demeaning in US English:



  • Causing someone to lose their dignity and the respect of others.

    ‘the poster was not demeaning to women’
    • ‘Do not confront anyone who is making disparaging or demeaning remarks or exhibiting threatening behavior’
    • ‘Discovering the selfish and demeaning way in which many of them have conducted themselves has undermined that expectation.’
    • ‘Nearly all of the detainees were released and deported, although only after months of cruel and demeaning treatment.’
    • ‘At least we no longer have to listen to her demeaning comments.’
    • ‘The homeless are treated as criminals who must be forced into the city's dangerous and demeaning shelter system.’
    • ‘Like thousands of others during this time, Tucker moved from one low-paid demeaning job to another in order to survive.’
    • ‘Welfare reformers have imagined that in forcing people to work, a demeaning chapter would close in their lives.’
    • ‘They are going to introduce fair benefits for asylum seekers to replace what they call the demeaning voucher system.’
    • ‘The outraged minister found the offer a demeaning Catch - 22.’
    • ‘People who speak that way are speaking in pejorative, demeaning terms.’
    • ‘Worst of all is his demeaning treatment of my grandmother.’
    • ‘She spoke of people doing repetitive and demeaning work.’
    • ‘The small private sector, already reeling under horrible and demeaning regulatory control, sustained socialism for a while.’
    • ‘And as a result, members of the royal family had been put in some demeaning positions.’
    • ‘Of course, any Supreme Court Justice guilty of such demeaning action today would become the center of a national firestorm.’
    • ‘It was the most demeaning, confidence-sapping job I have ever had.’
    • ‘They consider these a distorted and demeaning portrayal of their own tribal ancestors.’
    • ‘However, such degrading and demeaning views of Lee's performance certainly do not do him justice.’
    • ‘The word was used twice in a demeaning manner.’
    • ‘Instead of leading the life of an adventurer king, Herc is forced to perform 12 degrading and demeaning labors.’
    degrading, humiliating, shaming, shameful, bringing shame, mortifying, abject, lowering, ignominious, undignified, inglorious, discrediting
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