Definition of deportment in English:

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Pronunciation: /dɪˈpɔːtm(ə)nt/


[mass noun]
1British The way a person stands and walks, particularly as an element of etiquette: poise is directly concerned with good deportment
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  • Specific gestures, such as the ‘manual rhetoric’ of Roman orators, as well as the general carriage and deportment of the whole body, have been objects of study since Classical times.
  • ‘Here she learnt the classics, modern languages, arithmetic and astronomy as well as dancing and deportment,’ says Byrne.
  • The elderly gentleman sitting next to her is transfixed by the perfectly coiffed, frosted blonde hair, the imperious cheekbones and the effortlessly elegant, straight-backed deportment.
gait, posture, carriage, comportment, bearing, stance, way of standing, way of holding oneself, way of carrying oneself, way of bearing oneself;
attitude, demeanour, mien, air, appearance, aspect, style, manner
2chiefly North American A person’s behaviour or manners: there are team rules governing deportment on and off the field
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  • Since antiquity, rules for deportment have guided the behaviour of the more privileged classes and those who served them.
  • Employees in foreign banks are not very different except in their manner of deportment and remuneration.
  • It conjures up images of upper class society, a world of fancy dress balls and rules for deportment that are anathema to my very soul.
behaviour, conduct, performance, way of behaving, way of acting, way of conducting oneself;
informal capers


Early 17th century (denoting behaviour in general): from French déportement, from the verb déporter (see deport).

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