Definition of deportment in English:



mass noun
  • 1British The way a person stands and walks, particularly as an element of etiquette.

    ‘poise is directly concerned with good deportment’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Most important of all, is posture and deportment.’
    • ‘His whole aspect and deportment is such that it suggests that he can't even sit still and read a book in a quiet and un-cheeky manner.’
    • ‘During the 13-week course, which is scheduled to start at the end of February, they will receive coaching in voice, deportment and presentation skills, make-up and grooming.’
    • ‘It includes deportment, such as the style of taking bows.’
    • ‘What they need is intensive theatrical training in skills such as deportment and presentation.’
    • ‘The judges on the night selected the inners on their catwalk routine alone and criteria used to pinpoint the winner included grace, charm, poise, posture, deportment, skin, hair and modelling ability.’
    • ‘As I grew up, the formality began to feel more like an elaborate game, one in which appearance and deportment were taken very seriously.’
    • ‘Gene spent six weeks training at a modelling school in Manchester, learning about things like deportment and exercise.’
    • ‘The industry will also become more regulated over the years ahead, with drivers sitting tests which will include route selection, customer care and dress and deportment among other things.’
    • ‘On Saturday, the 18-year-old spent hours being coached in vital deportment lessons to give her the edge over dozens of rival finalists who will be competing for the top prize.’
    • ‘‘Here she learnt the classics, modern languages, arithmetic and astronomy as well as dancing and deportment,’ says Byrne.’
    • ‘Overall, dancing can give children confidence, good deportment and a sense of musicality.’
    • ‘So far, my lack of ladylike qualities does not seem to have done me any harm, but when the opportunity arose to attend a course in grooming and deportment, I wondered what brave new world I might be about to enter.’
    • ‘The dress and deportment of both sexes today is a reflection of the despiritualised condition of their lives.’
    • ‘Wearing khaki jacket and trousers, the paunchy, frizzy-haired leader strode confidently behind Kim, his deportment suggesting he was as comfortable in front of the cameras as his guest was.’
    • ‘As she breezes past me, with deportment so finely tuned she could carry a book on her head, I'm guided into a staid conference room to first meet Jonathan the director.’
    • ‘On top of their confident deportment, which is physically lean and facially striking in the first place, there's a fully made-up, designer appearance.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘There are people,’ he writes, ‘who are not impressed by our conviction, or by our pride and our stately deportment.’’
    gait, posture, carriage, comportment, bearing, stance, way of standing, way of holding oneself, way of carrying oneself, way of bearing oneself
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  • 2North American A person's behaviour or manners.

    ‘there are team rules governing deportment on and off the field’
    • ‘Volunteers are assessed and given advice on speech, deportment, mannerism and dress, with the least convincing participants being voted out.’
    • ‘The Pandit (as he is called) is a very ancient man, continuing in his habits and deportment the traditions of a thousand years…’
    • ‘This is because formulations in theological texts or texts of liturgical prayers and hymns, in spiritual writings, even through iconography, conduct of worship and deportment in daily life are all judged by the same criterion.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He will represent the highest standards of military deportment and musical performance, which demonstrate personal and organizational integrity and technical competency.’
    • ‘Of course, to gain that aura, the chefs have also had to brush up on their social skills, mannerisms, deportment and general knowledge.’
    • ‘The comparison child was observed as a control for the level of activity and expectations for deportment in the particular classroom.’
    • ‘The most important things a squire learns from his lord, Milord, are skill at arms and the proper deportment of a knight.’
    • ‘Morris described it as ‘unobtrusive, quiet and retiring, without being shy, humble and homely in its deportment and habits, sober and unpretending in its dress.’’
    • ‘Employees in foreign banks are not very different except in their manner of deportment and remuneration.’
    • ‘Her hospitality is only equaled by her charity, her graceful deportment by her goodness of heart.’
    • ‘Manners are made up of trivialities of deportment which can be easily learned if one does not happen to know them; manner is personality - the outward manifestation of one's innate character and attitude toward life.’
    • ‘There's no way to know how nervous these folks are, or how vexed they must be to have their work judged by their deportment.’
    • ‘For style in its widest sense is not merely the beauty or the grace or the conventional deportment of language, but its whole expressive apparatus, its breadth of capability.’
    • ‘It has nothing to do with breeding and everything to do with deportment, propriety, and education.’
    • ‘Since antiquity, rules for deportment have guided the behaviour of the more privileged classes and those who served them.’
    • ‘He couldn't have been sweeter or more relaxed and gets a gold star for his deportment.’
    • ‘Who was the madman that spawned this code of deportment?’
    • ‘This award will be presented to Mr. Chapman for reaching the highest marks for, academic achievement, conduct and deportment, and involvement in sports and outside activities.’
    • ‘The deportment of Buddhist monks and novices is governed by many exacting rules, and phenomenological accounts of this celibate, contemplative way of life are available in a number of texts.’
    behaviour, conduct, performance, way of behaving, way of acting, way of conducting oneself
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Early 17th century (denoting behaviour in general): from French déportement, from the verb déporter (see deport).