demureness :

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  • n  the trait of behaving with reserve and decorum
  • n  the affectation of being demure in a provocative way

  • Aurora appears initially to be no more than that familiar figure of satire, the American Mom as American Nightmare, all coy snarls and fierce demureness, while Emma, protected .

  • Leonard Woolf in San Francisco Chronicle
    But 50 years on, in "Sowing," one of his five memoirs, Leonard noted that the sisters during that first charmed meeting also wore an expression "which belied the demureness, a look of great intelligence, hypercritical, sarcastic, satirical."

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