de·​port·​ment | \ di-ˈpȯrt-mənt How to pronounce deportment (audio) , dē- \

Definition of deportment

: the manner in which one conducts (see conduct entry 1 sense 2) oneself : behavior were instructed in proper dress and deportment His features are strong and masculine …, all his motions graceful, and his deportment majestic.— Jonathan Swift

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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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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.

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 on the Web Those were apparently old and quaint rules of deportment. John Zogby, Forbes, 22 Apr. 2022 Membership is determined by a student’s scholastic achievement, attendance, deportment, participation in career-technical student organizations and teacher recommendations. Carol Kovach, cleveland, 18 Apr. 2022 More on the deportment of the Americans and British in a bit, but for now how could American and British leaders have been so easily duped? John Tamny, Forbes, 13 Apr. 2022 And for business leaders, tasked with leading people through tough times, Zalenskyy's deportment offers lessons that are transferable even when the stakes aren't as high. Aman Kidwai, Fortune, 2 Mar. 2022 Flame Show Bar, Gordy had his performers tutored in deportment. Washington Post, 2 Dec. 2021 But where Navalny’s public presentation is cocky, droll, and irreverent, Sobol has the deportment of a straight-A student, a tireless nerd. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, 19 July 2021 Something in their door-to-door deportment, their earnestness and brio, seemed a soft rebuke to my own disenchantment. Andrew Kay, Longreads, 17 July 2021 Two windswept days remain on the grueling Ocean Course, but Padraig Harrington, who played in Mickelson’s group in the first two rounds, saw something distinctive in his longtime rival’s deportment. New York Times, 21 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of deportment

1601, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for deportment

see deport

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“Deportment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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