[dih-pawrt-muh nt, -pohrt-]


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

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Examples from the Web for deportment

Historical Examples of deportment

  • 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.

  • In other respects, the deportment of the females was strictly unexceptionable.

    The Indian Fairy Book

    Cornelius Mathews

British Dictionary definitions for deportment



the manner in which a person behaves, esp in physical bearingmilitary deportment

Word Origin for deportment

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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