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Aug 21, 2014
This week's theme
Miscellaneous words

This week's words
presentiment
fungible
plangent
deportment

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deportment

PRONUNCIATION:
(di-PORT-ment)

MEANING:
noun: The manner in which one conducts oneself in public.

ETYMOLOGY:
From French déportement, from Latin deportare, from de- (away) + portare (carry). Ultimately from the Indo-European root per- (to lead, pass over), which also gave us support, comport, petroleum, sport, passport, colporteur (a peddler of religious books), rapporteur, Norwegian fjord (bay), and Sanskrit parvat (mountain). Earliest documented use: 1601.

USAGE:
"To etiquette expert Judi James, Kate's deportment contrasts pleasingly with other royals' fidgety stiffness."
Charlie Gillis; Queen Making; Maclean's (Toronto, Canada); May 2, 2011.

See more usage examples of deportment in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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