De*mote"(?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Demoted (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Demoting (?).] [Pref. de- + mote, as in promote; cf. L. demovere to remove.] To reduce to a lower grade or rank, as in the military, one's employment, or in school; to assign to a lower position.
Syn. -- bump, relegate, kick downstairs, break one's rank.
[Webster 1913 Suppl. +PJC WordNet 1.5]
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