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deportment

noun de·port·ment \di-ˈprt-mənt, dē-\

: the way that a person behaves, stands, and moves especially in a formal situation

Full Definition of DEPORTMENT

:  the manner in which one conducts oneself :  behavior
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Examples of DEPORTMENT

  1. The new students were instructed in proper dress and deportment.
  2. His stiff deportment matched his strict demeanor.

First Known Use of DEPORTMENT

1601

Synonym Discussion of DEPORTMENT

bearing, deportment, demeanor, mien, manner, carriage mean the outward manifestation of personality or attitude. bearing is the most general of these words but now usually implies characteristic posture <a woman of regal bearing>. deportment suggests actions or behavior as formed by breeding or training <your deportment was atrocious>. demeanor suggests one's attitude toward others as expressed in outward behavior <the haughty demeanor of the headwaiter>. mien is a literary term referring both to bearing and demeanor <a mien of supreme self-satisfaction>. manner implies characteristic or customary way of moving and gesturing and addressing others <the imperious manner of a man used to giving orders>. carriage applies chiefly to habitual posture in standing or walking <the kind of carriage learned at boarding school>.

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