Definition of comportment in English:



mass noun
  • Behaviour; bearing.

    ‘he displayed precisely the comportment expected of the rightful king’
    • ‘Personal comportment often appears crass, loud, and effusive to people from other cultures, but Americans value emotional and bodily restraint.’
    • ‘Victorian conceptions of women's comportment and their place in society as well as everyone else's place in the Victorian age seem strange and confining.’
    • ‘From a worldly point of view, comportment and appearance were constitutive of identity - the self was, in other words, performative.’
    • ‘Their comportment and appearance are not kooky by any means.’
    • ‘Maltese culture defines correct behavior and comportment in a variety of ways depending on status, familiarity, age, and social connections.’
    • ‘YMCA members were not so desperate for social acceptance that they would accept without question those ideas of social behaviour and comportment so benevolently introduced to them by their middle-class patrons.’
    • ‘He used the tenets of population biology, ordered by natural selection and biological fitness, to look at societal comportment.’
    • ‘It is hard to think of people more demure in rhetorical comportment than senior envoys of the UN or the British Foreign Office.’
    • ‘It may not be criminal but, at the end of the day, is this the standard of ethical comportment that we expect from our senior public servants?’
    • ‘Embarrassment concerns lighter social gaffes and violations of decorous comportment.’
    • ‘Both on and off the field, his comportment, intellect and easy manner can only impress and mark him out as the epitome of those rare footballing sorts entirely at one with life at the highest level.’
    • ‘When a stranger calls, no rules of social comportment apply beyond whatever passes for civility from one man to the next.’
    • ‘But the move to censure clothes rather than behavior or comportment is dishonest in more ways than one.’
    • ‘A simple example will illustrate the difference between this disturbed mode of comportment and a more primary manner of embodying temporality and culture.’
    • ‘Men and women are expected to comply with different norms of behavior and bodily comportment.’
    • ‘Consequently, scientific protocols and technologies receive more attention in ethical discourse than everyday ethical comportment and relationships between patients and healthcare providers.’
    • ‘There are notable resemblances between the two figures in their comportment and demeanor and, even more so, in their generalized, even-featured beauty.’
    • ‘It is below any standard of ethical comportment, even if it is not technically illegal, because of the high standard of the Intelligence Identities Protection Act.’
    • ‘Evidently, comportment was the key to both characters.’
    • ‘Despite its potential as a point of connection between theory and comportment, etiquette has been presented in less than favorable light.’
    appearance, look, expression, countenance, face, front, aspect, aura, demeanour, attitude, air, presence, manner, bearing, carriage, deportment, stance
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Late 16th century: from French comportement, from the verb comporter, from Latin comportare (see comport).