bearing


bearing
bearing n Bearing, deportment, demeanor, mien, port, presence are comparable when they denote the way in which or the quality by which a person outwardly manifests his personality and breeding.
Bearing is the most general of these words; it may imply reference to a person's mental attitude to others, his conduct in society, or his characteristic posture or way of holding himself
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if 'twere so, she could not sway her house, command her followers . . . with such a smooth, discreet and stable bearingShak.

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"You should have seen him as a young man," she cried . . . drawing herself up to imitate her husband's once handsome bearingD. H. Lawrence

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Deportment applies especially to a person's actions in their relations to the external, often conventional amenities of life; it so strongly suggests the influence of breeding or training that in current use it often means little more than behavior
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lessons in deportment

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naturalism is limited to neurasthenics; while Style means a British deportment—stiff upper lip, stiff limbs, and stiffer backbone—and an elocutionary Oxonian delivery— Bentley

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Demeanor applies rather to one's attitude as shown in one's behavior in the presence of others
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his demeanor in public was still, silent, almost sepulchral. He looked habitually upon the ground when he conversed, was chary of speech, embarrassed— Motley

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the child who has been treated wisely and kindly has a frank look in the eyes, and a fearless demeanor even with strangers— Russell

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Mien implies reference both to bearing and demeanor, often as suggestive of mood
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for truth has such a face and such a mien, as to be loved needs only to be seen— Dryden

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his mien of settled woeRobertson Davies

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Port implies reference to physique and, especially through long association with such adjectives as majestic, regal, and proud, to a stately or dignified physique
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pride in their port, defiance in their eye, I see the lords of humankind pass by— Goldsmith

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people with a dignity of port, an amplitude of back, an emphasis of vocabulary— L. P. Smith

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Presence is more explicit than bearing; it denotes a person's bearing with reference to its power to impress his personality on others or to attract their attention, interest, or admiration
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in mature life he became "a bulky person," with strong health and a commanding presenceInge

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a small, birdlike person, of no presenceRose Macaulay

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by a Port, one may understand them to indicate something unsympathetically impressive; whereas a Presence would seem to be a thing that directs the most affable appeal to our poor human weaknesses— Meredith

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Analogous words: *posture, attitude, pose: *behavior, conduct: attitude, stand, *position: poise, address (see TACT)

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