demeanor late 15c., from obsolete M.E. demean "handle, manage, conduct," later "behave in a certain way" (early 14c.), from O.Fr. demener (11c.) "to guide, conduct; to live, dwell," from de- "completely" (see DE- (Cf. de-)) + mener "to lead, direct," from L. minare "to threaten," in L.L. "to drive (a herd of animals);" see MENACE (Cf. menace). Sense in English evolved from notion of "conduct, manage" (oneself). Spelling changed by influence of nouns in -or, -our.

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  • demeanor — de·mea·nor /di mē nər/ n: outward manner: way of conducting oneself ◇ A jury may consider a witness s demeanor on the stand in determining the witness s credibility. Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. demeanor …   Law dictionary

  • Demeanor — De*mean or, n. [Written also {demeanour}.] [For demeanure, fr. demean. See {Demean}, v. t.] 1. Management; treatment; conduct. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] God commits the managing so great a trust . . . wholly to the demeanor of every grown man. Milton …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • demeanor — deportment, *bearing, mien, port, presence Analogous words: *behavior, conduct, deportment: *posture, attitude, pose: air, mannerism, *pose, affectation …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • demeanor — [n] behavior, manner address, air, attitude, bearing, carriage, comportment, conduct, deportment, disposition, mien, poise, port, presence, set; concepts 411,633 …   New thesaurus

  • demeanor — [di mēn′ər] n. [ME demenure < demenen, to rule, govern oneself, behave < OFr demener, to lead < de (L de), from + mener, to lead < LL minare, to drive (cattle) < L minari, to threaten: see MENACE] outward behavior; conduct;… …   English World dictionary

  • demeanor — noun The outward way in which a person behaves, especially towards others. That mans demeanor marked him down as a criminal. Syn: behavior, comportment See Also: demean, misdemeanor …   Wiktionary

  • demeanor — de|mean|or [ dı minər ] noun uncount FORMAL the way you look and behave: His demeanor in court is usually quiet and timid …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • demeanor — noun his normally calm demeanor Syn: manner, air, attitude, appearance, look; bearing, carriage; behavior, conduct; formal comportment …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • demeanor — /damiynar/ As respects a witness or other person, relates to physical appearance; outward bearing or behavior. Faircloth v. State, 44 Ala.App. 295, 208 So.2d 66, 70. It embraces such facts as the tone of voice in which a witness statement is made …   Black's law dictionary

  • demeanor — noun Etymology: 1demean Date: 15th century behavior toward others ; outward manner Synonyms: see bearing …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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