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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Demote \De*mote"\, verb (used with an object) [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]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: assign to a lower position; reduce in rank; "She was demoted because she always speaks up"; "He was broken down to Sergeant" [syn: {demote}, {bump}, {relegate}, {break}, {kick downstairs}] [ant: {advance}, {elevate}, {kick upstairs}, {promote}, {raise}, {upgrade}]

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