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[dih-pawrt-muh nt, -pohrt-] /dɪˈpɔrt mənt, -ˈpoʊrt-/
demeanor; conduct; behavior.
the conduct or obedience of a child in school, as graded by a teacher.
Origin of deportment
1595-1605; < French déportement, equivalent to déporte(r) (see deport) + -ment -ment
See behavior. Unabridged
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  • Even the staff are meant to blend harmoniously into the surroundings-they are all trained in personal grooming and deportment.
  • Day's deportment when she's riled-her executive-battlefield forward charge, her double takes of disbelief-is a comic revelation.
  • His children would rather watch television than heed his commands on deportment, and even the dog no longer takes him seriously.
  • One day in primary school, a report card arrived with a poor grade in deportment.
  • Parents must give good example and reverent deportment in the face of their children.
  • Such was the gravity of his countenance and the edifying modesty of his deportment, that he seemed to preach by every action.
  • His whole deportment showed how much he was master of himself.
  • No enmity seemed able to withstand the spirit of meekness and charity which his words and whole deportment breathed.
  • And the movie echoes its director's own deportment as an actor, alternating silky smoothness with burlap coarseness.
British Dictionary definitions for deportment


the manner in which a person behaves, esp in physical bearing: military deportment
Word Origin
C17: from French déportement, from Old French deporter to conduct (oneself); see deport
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Word Origin and History for deportment

c.1600, from French déportement, from déporter "behave" (see deport).

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