Definition of demotion in US English:

demotion

noun

  • Reduction in rank or status.

    ‘too many demotions would weaken morale’
    • ‘That can include demotion, firing or even being drummed out of the profession entirely.’
    • ‘The demotion will necessitate the indignity of having to qualify for next season's Champions League group stages.’
    • ‘However, it didn't take his demotion to substitute last night to make me think the prospects, personal and collective, aren't rosy.’
    • ‘Those who fail to satisfactorily complete such a program will be subject to dismissal or demotion.’
    • ‘The advisor threatened him with dishonourable discharge and demotion.’
    • ‘I don't claim that my demotion was the reason for the club's lack of success in my last two seasons there, it was definitely one of several links in the chain.’
    • ‘The two men also would face non-judicial punishments, which could include a loss of pay or demotion in rank.’
    • ‘This weekend he was adamant that there was no rift with his former master, but was mystified about his demotion to the ranks.’
    • ‘This demotion he accepted because it meant he still had a job at his beloved club but the move ‘hurt deep in the heart’.’
    • ‘Surely his extraordinary capacity to rise above the hurt and disappointment of demotion is his most admirable personal trait.’
    • ‘Rather than letting the temporary demotion get him down, Davies instead used it for motivation.’
    • ‘If convicted, he faces up to seven years in a military prison, demotion and a dishonourable discharge.’
    • ‘His sentence by a special court-martial judge includes discharge for bad conduct and demotion to the lowest rank of private.’
    • ‘I certainly wouldn't have picked her for the job, and even thought her marked for demotion or treading water.’
    • ‘They received sentences ranging from demotion to eight years in prison.’
    • ‘Gutwein, in particular, has gone to ground since his demotion.’
    • ‘Their local satraps were threatened with demotion and fines.’
    • ‘He accepts a demotion and other-than-honorable discharge in lieu of court martial.’
    • ‘That demotion, however, was a mere hiccup compared to some of the troubles experienced in previous decades.’
    • ‘Getting a C means no bonus; two C's in a row is grounds for demotion or dismissal.’
    overthrow, overturning, toppling, downfall, removal from office, removal, unseating, dethronement, supplanting, displacement, dismissal, discharge, ousting, drumming out, throwing out, forcing out, driving out, expulsion, expelling, ejection, ejecting
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Origin

Early 20th century: from demote, on the pattern of promotion.

Pronunciation

demotion

/diˈmoʊʃ(ə)n//dēˈmōSH(ə)n/