from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Bearing; deportment.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The manner in which one behaves or conducts oneself
  • n. deportment, bearing

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Manner of acting; behavior; bearing.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Behavior; demeanor; deportment.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. dignified manner or conduct


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  • He had few friends, disdained tobacco and beer, was inevitably correct in comportment and dress, had a strong handshake and sincere blue eyes.

    “Samuel! There was a rolling wonder in the sound. Ay, there was!”

  • I believe that you have identified yourself as a 3L yourself, possibly at one of the DC law schools (AU?), and I think you show serious deficiencies in comportment.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Faisal Shahzad Allegedly Admits to Attempted Times Square Bombing

  • A crowd of AF officers, young Big Pharma exec trackers, nuke engineers, and a few scattered managers from a plant soon to be closed & sent to China lost all their "comportment".

    How outrageous would it be for a professor to eat during class?

  • George Will takes three lessons from Wisconsin, and puts Walker in some very heady company: Walker's calm comportment in this crisis is reminiscent of President Reagan's during his 1981 stand against the illegal strike by air traffic controllers, and Margaret Thatcher's in the 1984 showdown with the miners' union over whether unions or Parliament would govern Britain.

    Wonkbook: Are Republicans overreaching? Or just negotiating effectively?

  • They continued through decent comportment (“In the presence of others, sing not to yourself with a humming noise nor drum with your fingers or feet”; and “Kill not vermin, as fleas, lice, ticks, etc., in the sight of others”) and such subjects as table manners (“Cleanse not your teeth with the tablecloth”), to general instructions on treating people considerately.

    George Washington’s First War

  • I became so incensed that I was unable to maintain my journalistic comportment and burst out at him.

    David Wallechinsky: Why Do They Hate Us?

  • His every attribute had seemed to accentuate his promise: his elegant comportment, his coolness under assault, the way he worked his audiences into a kind of rapture without getting carried away with himself, without shouting or surrendering his detachment.

    O: A Presidential Novel

  • He was slender and dapper, and in appearance and comportment was so sweet - and gentle-spirited that the impression he radiated was almost of sissyness.


  • He did everything right — too right; and in dress and comportment was inevitably correct.


  • Though the novelty had not yet worn off, the peaceful comportment of the seals had quieted my alarm.

    Chapter 30


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