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.


DETORTMENT - clearing of civil wrongdoing

DEPOSTMENT - closing postoffices to save money, and the public convenience be damned

DEFORTMENT - you get the idea

DEEPORTMENT - building an offshore shiploading facility over the Marianas Trench