Definition of deportment in US English:



North American
  • A person's behavior or manners.

    ‘there are team rules governing deportment on and off the field’
    • ‘It has nothing to do with breeding and everything to do with deportment, propriety, and education.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Since antiquity, rules for deportment have guided the behaviour of the more privileged classes and those who served them.’
    • ‘The comparison child was observed as a control for the level of activity and expectations for deportment in the particular classroom.’
    • ‘Who was the madman that spawned this code of deportment?’
    • ‘Volunteers are assessed and given advice on speech, deportment, mannerism and dress, with the least convincing participants being voted out.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘Of course, to gain that aura, the chefs have also had to brush up on their social skills, mannerisms, deportment and general knowledge.’
    • ‘Her hospitality is only equaled by her charity, her graceful deportment by her goodness of heart.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He couldn't have been sweeter or more relaxed and gets a gold star for his 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.’
    • ‘Employees in foreign banks are not very different except in their manner of deportment and remuneration.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He will represent the highest standards of military deportment and musical performance, which demonstrate personal and organizational integrity and technical competency.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The most important things a squire learns from his lord, Milord, are skill at arms and the proper deportment of a knight.’
    behaviour, conduct, performance, way of behaving, way of acting, way of conducting oneself
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Early 17th century (denoting behavior in general): from French déportement, from the verb déporter (see deport).