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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Definitions for comportment

  1. personal bearing or conduct; demeanor; behavior.

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Citations for comportment
Miss Baker and Miss Inglis had founded the school back in 1911, in the words of the charter, "to educate girls in the humanities and sciences and to cultivate in them a love of learning, a modest comportment, an amiable grace, and an interest in civic duty above all." Jeffrey Eugenides, Middlesex, 2002
Scooby-Doo is not a dog. Granted, he does have the comportment and vocal characteristic of a canine, but this is, in fact, the tragic consequence of a botched elective surgery that Scooby underwent at the hands of his friend Shaggy, who was briefly enrolled in a plastic-surgery program at a medical school that he no longer attends. Colin Stokes, "The Truth About Hello Kitty," The New Yorker, August 29, 2014
Origin of comportment
Comportment came to English from Middle French in the late 1500s. The word comport ultimately derives from the Latin verb comportāre “to transport.”