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How does the noun carriage contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of carriage are bearing, demeanor, deportment, manner, and mien. While all these words mean "the outward manifestation of personality or attitude," carriage applies chiefly to habitual posture in standing or walking.

the kind of carriage learned at boarding school

In what contexts can bearing take the place of carriage?

In some situations, the words bearing and carriage are roughly equivalent. However, bearing is the most general of these words but now usually implies characteristic posture.

a woman of regal bearing

When might demeanor be a better fit than carriage?

Although the words demeanor and carriage have much in common, demeanor suggests one's attitude toward others as expressed in outward behavior.

the haughty demeanor of the headwaiter

When would deportment be a good substitute for carriage?

The meanings of deportment and carriage largely overlap; however, deportment suggests actions or behavior as formed by breeding or training.

your deportment was atrocious

Where would manner be a reasonable alternative to carriage?

While the synonyms manner and carriage are close in meaning, manner implies characteristic or customary way of moving and gesturing and addressing others.

the imperious manner of a man used to giving orders

When is it sensible to use mien instead of carriage?

While in some cases nearly identical to carriage, mien is a literary term referring both to bearing and demeanor.

a mien of supreme self-satisfaction

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“Carriage.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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