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  • n. The state or quality of being demure.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

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


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  • "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'

  • 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

  • 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.

    Archive 2008-09-01

  • 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

  • The problem, he claimed, was one of definition: some of what they were dubbing acquaintance rape, he would call "the kaleidoscope of intimate discourse-passion, emotional turmoil, entreaties, flirtation, provocation, demureness."

    Sex Crimes: Women On Trial

  • ‘Certainly,’ replied Mrs V. with great demureness.

    Barnaby Rudge

  • By contrast, new campaigns developed by the nonprofit National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy's Latino Initiative take into account attitudes about gender and sexuality prevalent in Hispanic culture, including an emphasis on demureness for teenage girls and on virility for boys.

    Informed Reader


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