2013년 2월 16일 토요일

Dic: synonyms: bearing, manner, demeanor, mien, presence


These nouns pertain to a person's behavior as it reveals such distinctive personal qualities as his or her individuality or upbringing.

■ Bearing, the most inclusive, applies to both physical posture and general conduct:

  • “That is Claudio. I know him by his bearing”  (Shakespeare).
■ Manner  is a person's characteristic conduct or comportment:
  • their arrogant, overbearing manner.
■ Demeanor is behavior that reveals to others one's personality or attitude:
  • “The President's outward demeanor was genial and relaxed”  (Edmund S. Muskie).
■ Mien pertains to bearing especially as it reflects an inner state of mind:
  • She maintained her serious mien until the interview was over.
■ Presence denotes the quality of commanding respectful attention:
  • “Sir Thomas More was a man of stately and handsome presence”  (Horace Walpole).
.... The American Heritage


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