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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
Synonym Study
See behavior. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for deportment
Historical Examples
  • Nothing can be changed, and the deportment class has very wisely been abolished.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • It was almost as if his lordship were giving the Colonel a lesson in deportment.

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
  • His wife added to this care uneasiness as to the deportment of her three maidens.

    Two Penniless Princesses Charlotte M. Yonge
  • Society had taught her tact, grace, and elegance of deportment.

    The Daltons, Volume I (of II) Charles James Lever
  • In other respects, the deportment of the females was strictly unexceptionable.

    The Indian Fairy Book Cornelius Mathews
  • At thirteen she was married, which had a good effect on her deportment.

    The Promised Land Mary Antin
  • She also taught him dancing and deportment, and to sew on a button.

  • Madeleine was not struck by any singularity in his deportment.

    Fairy Fingers Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
  • They found her person agreeable and her deportment dignified.

  • He was my superior in everything—in games, in studies, in quarrels, and in deportment.

    Boyhood Leo Tolstoy
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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