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These nouns all pertain to a person's actions as they constitute a means of evaluation by others. Behavior is the most general: The children were on their best behavior.
Conduct applies to actions considered from the standpoint of morality and ethics: "Life, not the parson, teaches conduct" (Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.).
Bearing often carries with it the implication of social standing or position: "It was evident from his bearing that he belonged to the country's ruling élite" (Amitav Ghosh).
Deportment and comportment pertain more narrowly to actions measured by a prevailing code of social behavior: "the alleged decline in standards of deportment—a significant issue for an institution that prided itself on turning out 'gentlemen'" (Jerome Karabel)."Would I see a different person, or merely the same one governed by different conventions of comportment ... accoutrement, and dress?" (Witold Rybczynski).
Demeanor suggests outward appearance that manifests inward emotion or character: "The Beth I saw now was not only nimble-footed, but her demeanor was exuberant and self-assured" (Rachel Simon).
2. something that is abnormal.
2. behavior typical of arrivism. — arriviste, n., adj.
2. an irritable and bad-tempered person. — atrabilious, adj.
2. the characteristic of being like a donkey. — donkeyish, adj.
2. the abnormal practice of indecent exposure. — exhibitionist, n. — exhibitionistic, adj.
2. behavior typical of flunkyism. — flunky, flunkey, n.
2. laugh-provoking in conduct or speech.
2. gluttony. — gourmand, gormand, n., adj.
2. imposing or deceptive behavior. — humbug, humbugger, n.
2. an indecorous thing or action.
2. argumentativeness. — litigious, adj.
2. behavior or attitude typical of maidism.
1. a tendency in temperament to be mawkishly sentimental and tearfully emotional.
2. a degree of drunkenness characterized by mawkish emotionalism. — maudlin, adj.
2. an instance of such behavior. — mercurial, adj.
2. behavior or attitudes typical of a such a person.
2. the state or quality of being a parvenu or upstart. — parvenu, n., adj.
2. the state of being noble or high born. — patriciate, n.
2. reckless and extravagant spending or behavior. — profligate, adj.
2. a person who adopts a preaching attitude.
2. the life of a tramp; vagrancy. Also called vagabondage. — vagabond, n., adj.
2. behavior, language, etc, typical of a yokel.
1. abnormal zeal.
2. morbid jealousy. — zelotypic, adj.
- Accepted the crisp bills with a certain famished delicacy like an aristocrat determined not to slaver at the sight of food —John Farris
- Accumulated [information] like a nest-building bird —Louis Auchincloss
- Act badly … like a man hitting a woman in the breast —George Bernard Shaw
- Acted bored but patient, as though an enthusiastic acquaintance had just shown him the picture of a new grandchild —Joel Swerdlow
- Allowed himself to be absorbed (into the softly palpitating life about him,) like a tired traveler sinking, at his journey’s end, into a warm bath —Edith Wharton
- Ate like Satan, and worked like a gnat —A. E. Coppard
- Attention-getting behavior … like I was screaming at the universe [to fulfill my ambitions] —Mel Brooks, Playboy, April, 1973
- Battled failure like the seven plagues —Anon
- Behave … like a sort of love-crazed sparrow —Roald Dahl
- Behavior is a mirror in which everyone shows his image —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
- Bluster like the north wind —Mrs. Centlivre
- Butters it [the truth] over like a slice of bread —Erich Maria Remarque
In his novel, All Quiet on the Western Front, Remarque uses the simile to explain that man is “Essentially a beast” but covers up this truth “With a little decorum.”
- (All he was doing was) calling attention to himself, rather like those movie stars who go around wearing dark glasses on cloudy days —Loren D. Estleman
- Carrying on like a revivalist facing a full tent —Robert Traver
- Charm was put forward like a piece of acting in a theatre —Hugh Walpole
- Clutched at her throat like one stifled for want of air —Anzia Yezierska
- Crawl into (his secret life) and nestle there, like the worm in the rose —Mary McCarthy
- Dangled herself [before men]… like a drum majorette —Margaret Millar
- Deny like a piano player in a bordello who claimed he didn’t know what went on upstairs —Ed McBain
- Flinched as if someone had thrown a baseball directly at his face —Graham Masterton
- Flinched back like a box turtle into its shell —F. van Wyck Mason
- Flirtatious as a Southern belle —Alice McDermott
- For the promise of favor he will kneel down and lick boots like a spaniel —George Garrett
- Glancing around him like a hunting dog nosing for a spoor —Kenzaburo Oë
- Go forward like a stoic Roman —Edwin Arlington Robinson
- Gripped life like a wrestler with a bull, impetuously —Stephen Vincent Benét
- He had a way of … suddenly pouncing on something [someone says] that interested him, like a heron spearing a fish —Antonia White
- Her not doing it was like the Baskerville hound that didn’t bark —William Dieter
- In public, they act like flat-chested old maids preaching temperance —Charles Simic
- Intruded upon my vision like a truck on an empty road —Mary Gordon
- I talk half the time to find out my own thoughts, as a schoolboy turns his pockets inside out to see what is in them —Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
- Jerked at the [fishing] net like a penitent —T. Coraghessan Boyle
- Like a nun withdrawing, or a child exploring a tower, she went upstairs —Virginia Woolf
- Lived and behaved like that sandpiper [in my poem]… just running along the edges of different countries, looking for something —Elizabeth Bishop, acceptance speech at University of Oklahoma, 1976 on receiving Books Abroad/Neustadt International Prize for Literature
- Looked round … desperately like someone trying to find a way of crossing a muddy path without getting her shoes soiled —Franz Werfel
- Lurking like a funeral director at a christening —W. P. Kinsella
- Many talk like philosophers, and live like fools —H. G. Bohn’s Handbook of Proverbs
- Men’s behavior should be like their apparel, not too straight … but free for exercise or motion —Francis Bacon
- Nodded judiciously like someone making a mental note —Lynne Sharon Schwartz
- Pedestrians in the East behave like lemmings rushing dispassionately to their deaths —W. P. Kinsella
- People loll upon the beaches ripening like gaudy peaches —Ogden Nash
- Play with … like a clever cat with a rubber mouse —Maureen Howard
- (She) poured out feelings and thoughts that most people keep to themselves like a prodigal flinging gold pieces to a scrambling crowd —W. Somerset Maugham
- Pushed me across [stage] like a broom —Edith Pearlman
- Pull rank like a little red wagon (if it’d get her a place in the shade) —Tom Robbins
- (Mary) pulled nerves like string in a blanket —Louise Erdrich
- Pushing and jostling like a stormy sea —Stephen Vincent Benét
- Raving, but soundlessly … so that she looked like a film of herself without a sound-track —Lawrence Durrell
- Recoiled … like a man walking in his sleep, awakened from a frightful dream —Charles Dickens
- Rose like a trout to the fly or a pickerel to the spoon —Mary McCarthy
The simile as used in the short story, Yellowstone Park, describes a character who’s an easy prey for any appeal for money to be spent for educational purposes.
- (A day after helping the Giants to their victory over the Raiders in Los Angeles, Lional Manuel, the third-year wide receiver) sauntered through the locker room like an explorer just back from a glorious expedition —William R. Rhoden, New York Times, September 23, 1986
- (She sat in bed,) sharpening her charms and her riddles like colored pencils —Yehuda Amichai
- She went toward the sitting room seeking him like a cold animal seeking the fire —Margaret Mitchell
- Shook himself like an angry little dog coming out of the water —Barbara Pym
- Shrugged their shoulders as if to shake off whatever chips of responsibility might have lodged there —Helen Hudson
- Spoke like a fool, and acted like a fiddler —Saul Bellow
- Stuffed his own emptiness with good work like a glutton —Flannery O’Connor
- Swallowed his temper but it left a sour taste in his stomach like heartburn —Donald McCaig
- Swallowing hard like a stiff-necked goose —Paige Mitchell
- Talk like a saint and behave like a fool —Jerome K. Jerome
- Talks like a prophet and acts like a comedian —Amos Oz
- Thought and action … were simultaneous in her, rather like thunder and lightning —Leigh Allison Wilson
- Took them [spectacles] off, polished the lenses, and held them to the light like a spinster checking her crystal —Donald MacKenzie
Were MacKenzie writing the novel from which this is culled, Postscript to a Dead Letter, he might well use a new bride or a proud homeowner instead of spinster, which has fallen into disfavor.
- Toys with … as with a yo-yo —Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli representative to the United Nations, New York Times, November 23, 1986
This simile was used in connection with an article on Syrian terrorism. Typically, the simile was highlighted as a blurb!
- Treat us like mushroom … keep us in the dark and throw shit at us —Loren D. Estleman
- Used tranquilizing drugs … like the inhabitants of besieged medieval cities who, surprised by death, went back to bed, trying to fall asleep by telling themselves that the threatening flames were only a nightmare —Marguerite Yourcenar
- Using a … flippant tone, as if he were talking about people in a play, or watching the ceiling at the dentist’s —Ross Macdonald
- Wore abuse like widow’s weeds —Lael Tucker Wertenbaker
|Noun||1.||behavior - manner of acting or controlling yourself|
activity - any specific behavior; "they avoided all recreational activity"
aggression - deliberately unfriendly behavior
bohemianism - conduct characteristic of a bohemian
dirty pool - conduct that is unfair or unethical or unsportsmanlike
dirty tricks - underhand commercial or political behavior designed to discredit an opponent
offense, offensive activity, discourtesy, offence - a lack of politeness; a failure to show regard for others; wounding the feelings or others
easiness - the quality of being easy in behavior or style; "there was an easiness between them"; "a natural easiness of manner"
the way of the world, the ways of the world - the manner in which people typically behave or things typically happen; "the ordinary reader is endowed with considerable wisdom and knowledge of the way of the world"; "she was well-versed in the ways of the world before she had taken the veil"; "he was amazingly innocent of the ways of the world"
|2.||behavior - the action or reaction of something (as a machine or substance) under specified circumstances; "the behavior of small particles can be studied in experiments"|
|3.||behavior - (behavioral attributes) the way a person behaves toward other people|
trait - a distinguishing feature of your personal nature
manners - social deportment; "he has the manners of a pig"
citizenship - conduct as a citizen; "award for good citizenship"
swashbuckling - flamboyantly reckless and boastful behavior
|4.||behavior - (psychology) the aggregate of the responses or reactions or movements made by an organism in any situation|
activity - any specific behavior; "they avoided all recreational activity"
territoriality - the behavior of a male animal that defines and defends its territory