Adjective "demoted" definition and examples

(Demoted may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


Move (someone) to a lower position or rank, usually as a punishment.
  1. 'Besides simply kicking a player out of a squadron, commanders will be able to permanently ban them and demote players under their rank for the worst offences.'
  2. 'He stops mid-stride and grins at me… ‘Hey, you can't stop now… keep going or I'll demote you to just being an ordinary hero’.'
  3. 'Coffey said she was demoted to the copy desk because of her religious beliefs.'
  4. 'This must have been nearly as shocking as that dark day lost in history when she was demoted from her position as milk monitor at primary school.'
  5. 'He is demoted from head of ad sales for a major magazine when the company he works for is acquired in a corporate takeover.'
  6. 'When he was demoted for a disciplinary violation, his mother told him he could leave the academy if he wanted.'
  7. 'Last year the team was demoted from senior ranks but are back up again.'
  8. 'No new contract was entered into when he was demoted to the position of customer services assistant.'
  9. 'Prof McKeon said while employers were deemed to be less understanding and people were less forthcoming in the workplace about their depression, the employers were not engaging in demoting such people or impairing their job prospects.'
  10. 'He was also demoted to private and ordered to forfeit all pay and benefits.'

More definitions

1. to reduce to a lower grade, rank, class, or position (opposed to promote): They demoted the careless waiter to busboy.

More examples(as adjective)

"souls can be demoted."

"roads can be demoted."

"people/places/organizations can be demoted."

"people can be demoted."


(demote)Late 19th century: from de- ‘down’ + a shortened form of promote.