American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A manner of personal conduct; behavior. See Synonyms at behavior.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Carriage or bearing in intercourse; manner of acting toward or before others; behavior; demeanor; conduct; management.
- n. Synonyms Carriage, Conduct, etc. See behavior.
- n. bearing; manner of presenting oneself:
- n. conduct; public behavior:
- n. apparent level of schooling or training:
- n. self-discipline:
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Manner of deporting or demeaning one's self; manner of acting; conduct; carriage; especially, manner of acting with respect to the courtesies and duties of life; behavior; demeanor; bearing.
- n. (behavioral attributes) the way a person behaves toward other people
“Her deportment is excellent as are her mental powers, and her desire for knowledge is an incentive to all in the school.”
“You like to be prim and neat, and to be good in deportment and ahead in your studies.”
“Those are truly honourable, and those only, in place of power and trust, who make conscience of their duty, and whose deportment is agreeable to their preferment.”
“We sanctify God before others when our deportment is such as invites and encourages others to glorify and honour him; both are required, Lev. x.”
“Woman, with her instinct of behavior, instantly detects in man a love of trifles, any coldness or imbecility, or, in short, any want of that large, flowing, and magnanimous deportment, which is indispensable as an exterior in the hall.”
“Not thus uniform and quiet in their deportment were the human creatures assembled at Waynesville, but, on the contrary, variety and noise were their prevailing characteristics.”
“Her deportment was the subject of reams of scurrility in prose and verse: it lowered her in the opinion of some whose esteem she valued; nor did the world know, till she was beyond the reach of praise and censure, that the conduct which had brought on her the reproach of levity and insensibility was really a signal instance of that perfect disinterestedness and selfdevotion of which man seems to be incapable, but which is sometimes found in woman.”
“As to my kindergarten teachers, Ms. Bave and Mrs. O'Leary, I remember two not-so-sweet old ladies who fussed a bit with my "deportment" and both, born about the time of Lincoln's assassination -- they were both in their 80's -- are lost in the mist of the past.”
“It must be confessed, Mr. Abernethy, although a gentleman in appearance, manner, and education, sometimes wanted that courtesy and worldly deportment which is considered so essential to the medical practitioner.”
“Men may amuse themselves with a noisy, loud-laughing, loquacious girl; it is the quiet, subdued, modest, and seeming bashful deportment which is the one that stands the fairest chance of carrying off their hearts.”
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