Demean – Cause a severe loss in dignity
To demean someone is to say or do something to them that will severely reduce their dignity.
The mean (demean) men caused a severe loss in his dignity.
Examples of demean in a sentence
The plantation owner took away the slaves’ given names in order to demean them.
The school bully tried to demean the poor girl by making fun of her used clothes on social media.
People often use racial slurs to demean individuals they view as different.