adjective, de·mur·er, de·mur·est.
1. characterized by shyness and modesty; reserved.
2. affectedly or coyly decorous, sober, or sedate.
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unassuming, timid, reticent, prim, backward, bashful, blushing, close, coy, decorous, diffident, earnest, humble, modest, nice, prissy, proper, prudish, retiring, sedate
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SYNONYM STUDY FOR DEMURE
1. See modest.
OPPOSITES FOR DEMURE
1, 2. indecorous.
Origin: First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English dem(e)ur(e) “well-mannered, grave,” from Anglo-French demuré, past participle of demurer “to demur”; perhaps influenced by Old French mur, mëur “grave, mature” (from Latin maturus); see origin at demur
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