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Examples of deportment in a Sentence
The new students were instructed in proper dress and deportment.
His stiff deportment matched his strict demeanor.
Recent Examples of deportment from the Web
Blind maniacal rage followed by cool, cleanly deportment?
A dazzling talent with thoroughly un-diva-like deportment, Whelan may at times seem to be repeating herself.
And then ICE, further detainment, and possible deportment blotted the moment out.
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Did You Know?
Deportment evolved from the verb deport, meaning "to behave especially in accord with a code," which in turn came to us through Middle French from Latin "deportare," meaning "to carry away." (You may also know "deport" as a verb meaning "to send out of the country"; that sense is newer and is derived directly from Latin "deportare.") Deportment can simply refer to one's demeanor, or it can refer to behavior formed by breeding or training and often conforming to conventional rules of propriety: "Are you not gratified that I am so rapidly gaining correct ideas of female propriety and sedate deportment?" wrote 17-year-old Emily Dickinson to her brother Austin.
Synonymsactions, address, bearing, comportment, conduct, demeanor, behavior, geste (also gest) [archaic]
Related Wordsetiquette, form, manners, mores, proprieties; p's and q's; amenity, civility, courtesy, decorum, politeness; air, attitude, carriage, poise, pose, posture, presence; aspect, look, mien; formality, protocol, rules; custom, habit, habitude, pattern, practice (also practise), trick, wont; convention, fashion, form, mode, style; affectation, attribute, characteristic, mark, trait; distinctiveness, oddity, peculiarity, singularity, strangeness, uniqueness, weirdness
Synonym Discussion of deportment
- a woman of regal bearing
- your deportment was atrocious
- the haughty demeanor of the headwaiter
- a mien of supreme self-satisfaction
- the imperious manner of a man used to giving orders
- the kind of carriage learned at boarding school
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