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[kuh m-pawrt-muh nt, -pohrt-] /kəmˈpɔrt mənt, -ˈpoʊrt-/
personal bearing or conduct; demeanor; behavior.
Origin of comportment
From the Middle French word comportement, dating back to 1590-1600. See comport1, -ment
Synonym Study
See behavior. Unabridged
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  • His subjects regarded him with fear and trembling, and his comportment toward his weaker neighbors was a growing menace.

    A Prince of Anahuac James A. Porter
  • His comportment was cheerful in a sober fashion, notwithstanding the transparent perturbation of his spirit.

  • Rather was there something eager and rapt about the comportment of the people.

    John Splendid Neil Munro
  • He did everything right—too right; and in dress and comportment was inevitably correct.

  • What did surprise me, when anon the sea rolled close up to the cottage, was the comportment of the young artist himself.

    And Even Now Max Beerbohm
  • The comportment of beef in an atmosphere of carbonic acid, to which carbonic oxide has been added, is curious.

  • Let my conscience be ever upright and pure, my exterior modest, my conversation edifying, my comportment regular.

  • The effect of all this was to rob White Fang of much of his puppyhood and to make him in his comportment older than his age.

    White Fang Jack London
British Dictionary definitions for comportment


conduct; bearing
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for comportment

c.1600, from Middle French comportement "bearing, behavior," from comporter (13c.) "to be disposed, arranged, laid out," from Latin comportare (see comport).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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