demote

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v demote assign to a lower position; reduce in rank "She was demoted because she always speaks up","He was broken down to Sergeant"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Demote To reduce to a lower grade or rank, as in the military, one's employment, or in school; to assign to a lower position.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • demote To reduce to a lower grade or class: opposed to promote: as, to demote a boy for falling behind in his studies.
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Quotations

  • Israel Salanter
    Israel Salanter
    “Promote yourself but do not demote another.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. de-, + mote, as in promote,; cf. L. demovere, to remove

Usage

In literature:

Wherever this opinion holds sway the promises of God are denied, Christ is demoted, hypocrisy and idolatry are established.
"Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians" by Martin Luther
Having lifted you out of the secretary class we can't demote you.
"The Lost Road" by Richard Harding Davis
There were no promotions: only demotions.
"Yama (The Pit)" by Alexandra Kuprin
What I expected was a reply in kind, an hieratic acceptance or a demotic refusal; either one would be good practice for Monny.
"It Happened in Egypt" by C. N. Williamson
They were actually demoted in grade so that these motions do not cover such circumstances.
"The Story of The American Legion" by George Seay Wheat
Demotic was the only writing for practical purposes.
"History Of Egypt, Chaldæa, Syria, Babylonia, And Assyria In The Light Of Recent Discovery" by L.W. King and H.R. Hall
He demoted me to the Cookie Pushers.
"Lone Star Planet" by Henry Beam Piper and John Joseph McGuire
No general reversal is implied whereby all the late comers shall be advanced and all the early workers demoted.
"Jesus the Christ" by James Edward Talmage
And even if he does have to demote me, I won't be dishonored or anything.
"Fearful Symmetry" by Ann Wilson
Am I to be demoted to automobile mechanic?
"Freedom" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
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In news:

Just talked to Ramon Ortiz, and he's taking his demotion to the bullpen in stride.
NASA scientists claims he was harassed , demoted over intelligent design beliefs.
On May 17, the Blue Jays demoted struggling first baseman Adam Lind to their Triple-A affiliate in Las Vegas.
Four-star US general demoted for improper spending.
BYU's Carlino handling demotion well, says confidence is still intact .
As part of Ryu's contract, the Dodgers will not be able to demote the 25-year-old to the minor leagues if he struggles.
IN SOME jobs, lying to your boss could earn you a scolding or a demotion.
In some jobs, lying to your boss could earn you a scolding or a demotion.
Eagles' Vick OK, Kafka hurt, Bell demoted.
Comes news today that Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier has demoted Hilton Burton, commander of the force's Special Operations Division, to a captain in the medical division.
Panetta demotes former head of US Africa Command for lavish travel, spending: Report.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has demoted the former head of US Africa Command who was accused of spending thousands of dollars on lavish travel and other unauthorized expenses, the Pentagon said Tuesday.
WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has demoted the former head of US Africa Command who was accused of spending thousands of dollars on lavish travel and other unauthorized expenses, the Pentagon said Tuesday.
General demoted for lavish spending.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior US official says Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has demoted the former head of US Africa Command who was accused of spending thousands of dollars on lavish travel and other unauthorized expenses.
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In science:

The T-functions corresponding to such a domain will be demoted by T K ′ ,M ′ K,M (a, s, u).
Discrete Hirota dynamics for AdS/CFT
Since quantum field theory came to prominence this symmetry has been demoted.
Event-Symmetric Physics
In two dimensions, the long-range order of the ground state is first demoted to quasi-long-range order for any finite temperature below the KT transition temperature TKT .
Does quasi-long-range order in the two-dimensional XY model really survive weak random phase fluctuations?
Its future use as photon veto is not a demotion: the excellent position time and energy resolution are essential ingredients to actually measure the photon detection efficiency and make a reliable estimation of the backgrounds.
Kaons: Review and Outlook
Each year, a star or two gets promoted from mere oscillation or pulsation to astero-seismology, and one or two may also get demoted (like RNe candidates).
Astrophysics in 2006
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