deportment

noun de·port·ment \ di-ˈpȯrt-mənt , dē- \

Definition of deportment

:the manner in which one conducts (see 2conduct 4) 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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Examples of deportment in a Sentence

  1. The new students were instructed in proper dress and deportment.

  2. His stiff deportment matched his strict demeanor.

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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.

Origin and Etymology of deportment

see deport

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

DEPORTMENT Defined for English Language Learners

deportment

noun

Definition of deportment for English Language Learners

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



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