The mother-in-law would demean her, as a way to abase the young wife in the son's eyes.
Bureaus love to report that customers become "belligerent" or are "incorrigible," labels that can demean your status and weaken your power base when trying to fix your credit report.
Toni maintains that her critiques of storylines in no way demean the great job the actors and writers do on the show.
And she'd never demean herself to that man.
"You do not normally demean yourself by talking to someone as lowly as I am," he replied, turning.
Pfuel only snorted contemptuously and turned away, to show that he would never demean himself by replying to such nonsense as he was now hearing.
Balashev began to feel uncomfortable: as envoy he feared to demean his dignity and felt the necessity of replying; but, as a man, he shrank before the transport of groundless wrath that had evidently seized Napoleon.
"You won't deign to demean yourself by marrying me, you..." said Helene, beginning to cry.
If he had now resigned rather than demean himself by Icting against his conscience, it is by no means unlikely that he would have been recalled to power before many years were over.