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demurenesses (affectedness)

demurenesses is a plural form of demureness

demureness (affectedness)

Definition:

the affectation of being demure in a provocative way

Class:

attribute noun (attributes of people and objects)

Related to:

demure

Plural:

demurenesses

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

coyness

Etymology:

perhaps from Old French demorer to delay, linger; perhaps influenced by meur...
(Source: Collins Dictionary)  [more]

All senses of demurenesses...

Definition references  (+images)

Collins Dictionary:

coyness | coy | shy [synonym, sense-specific] | modest [synonym, sense-specific] | coyish [adjective, derived]

affected demureness | unwillingness to be frank | (usually of a woman) affectedly demure, especially in a playful or provocative manner | shy; modest ... (21 of 486 words, 5 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/coyness

New World Dictionary:

coy | coyly [adverb, related] | coyness [noun, related]

[obsolete] quiet; silent | shrinking from contact or familiarity with others; bashful; shy ; primly reserved; demure | affecting innocence or shyness, ... (20 of 71 words, 8 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/coy

American Heritage Dictionary:

coy | coyer [comparative] | coyest [superlative] | coyly [adverb, related] | coyness [noun, related]

Tending to avoid people and social situations; reserved. | Affectedly and usually flirtatiously shy or modest. See Synonyms at shy1. | ... (19 of 62 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/coy

Oxford Dictionary:

coyness | reticence [synonym, sense-specific]

[women] the quality of feigning shyness or modesty in an attempt to seem alluring. | the quality of being reluctant to give details about something ... (24 of 55 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/coyness

Wiktionary:

coyness | coynesses [plural]

The property of being coy. (5 of 7 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/coyness

Wikipedia:

Modesty

a mode of dress and deportment intended not to encourage sexual attraction in others; actual standards vary widely. In this use, it can be considered inappropriate or immodest to reveal certain parts of the body. A modest woman would not behave so as... (43 of 3673 words, 9 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Modesty

Cambridge Dictionary:

demure | demurely [adverb, derived] | demureness [noun, derived]

(especially of women and children) quiet and well behaved (9 of 36 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/demure

Merriam-Webster:

coy [entry 1, adjective] | coquettish [synonym, sense-specific] | demure [synonym, sense-specific] | kittenish [synonym, sense-specific] | uncoy [antonym, sense-specific] | flirtatious [similar, sense-specific] | flirty [similar, sense-specific] | girlish [similar, sense-specific] | goody-goody [similar, sense-specific] | ...

shrinking from contact or familiarity ; marked by cute, coquettish, or artful playfulness | showing reluctance to make a definite commitment (20 of 257 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/coy

coy [entry 2, verb] | caress [synonym, sense-specific]

[obsolete] "caress" | [archaic] to act coyly (see "coy" [entry 1]) (10 of 26 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/coy show=1

Macmillan British Dictionary:

coy | coyer [comparative] | coyest [superlative] | coyly [adverb, related]

not willing to give information about something, especially in a way that is slightly annoying | someone who is coy pretends to be shy in order to ... (26 of 77 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/coy

Random House Dictionary:

coy | coyer [comparative] | coyest [superlative]

artfully or affectedly shy or reserved; slyly hesitant; coquettish. | shy; modest. | showing reluctance, especially when insincere or affected, to ... (19 of 75 words, 8 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/coy

Encarta Dictionary:

affected | affectedly [adverb, derived] | affectedness [noun, derived]

acted upon or influenced by somebody or something | emotionally moved by something | infected or harmed by disease | behaving in an unnatural way ... (22 of 66 words, 5 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861583972​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology reference

Collins Dictionary:

demureness | demure

First use: 14th century

Origin: perhaps from Old French demorer to delay, linger; perhaps influenced by meur ripe, mature

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/demureness

Audio references

Cambridge Dictionary:

demure

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "demureness"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "demureness"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/demure

the Free Dictionary:

demureness

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "demureness"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "demureness"

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/demureness

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