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[dih-pawrt-muh nt, -pohrt-]
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  1. demeanor; conduct; behavior.
  2. the conduct or obedience of a child in school, as graded by a teacher.
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Origin of deportment

1595–1605; < French déportement, equivalent to déporte(r) (see deport) + -ment -ment

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Related Words for deportment

bearing, set, cast, aspect, stance, comportment, mien, appearance, actions, air, demeanor, behavior, conduct, port, address, posture

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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


  1. the manner in which a person behaves, esp in physical bearingmilitary deportment
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Word Origin for deportment

C17: from French déportement, from Old French deporter to conduct (oneself); see deport
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for deportment


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

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