decorum


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de·co·rum

 (dĭ-kôr′əm)
n.
1. Appropriateness of behavior or conduct; propriety: "In the Ireland of the 1940's ... the stolidity of a long, empty, grave face was thought to be the height of decorum and profundity" (John McGahern).
2. decorums The conventions or requirements of polite behavior: the formalities and decorums of a military funeral.
3. The appropriateness of an element of an artistic or literary work, such as style or tone, to its particular circumstance or to the composition as a whole.

[Latin decōrum, from decōrus, becoming, handsome; see decorous.]

decorum

(dɪˈkɔːrəm)
n
1. propriety, esp in behaviour or conduct
2. a requirement of correct behaviour in polite society
[C16: from Latin: propriety]

de•co•rum

(dɪˈkɔr əm, -ˈkoʊr-)

n.
1. dignified propriety of conduct, manners, or appearance.
2. Usu., decorums. the customs and observances of polite society.
[1560–70; < Latin decōrum, decorous]

decorum

proper behavior; action that is seemly and in good taste. — decorous, adj.
See also: Behavior

Decorum

 of deans: deans collectively. See also decanter.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.decorum - propriety in manners and conduct
correctitude, properness, propriety - correct or appropriate behavior
becomingness - the quality of being becoming
indecorousness, indecorum - a lack of decorum

decorum

decorum

noun
1. Conformity to recognized standards, as of conduct or appearance:
2. Socially correct behavior:
etiquette, good form, manner (used in plural), mores, propriety (also used in plural), p's and q's.
Translations
حِشْمَه، لَياقَه، ذَوْق
dobré způsoby
anstændighedetikette
tisztesség
háttprÿîi

decorum

[dɪˈkɔːrəm] Ndecoro m

decorum

[dɪˈkɔːrəm] ndécorum m, bienséance f
sense of decorum → sens m des convenances

decorum

nAnstand m, → Dekorum nt (old, form); to have a sense of decorumGefühl für Anstand haben; to behave with decorumsich mit gebührendem Anstand benehmen

decorum

[dɪˈkɔːrəm] ndecoro
out of a sense of decorum → per rispetto delle convenienze
a breach of decorum → una sconvenienza

decorous

(ˈdekərəs) adjective
(behaving in a manner which is) acceptable, especially quiet and dignified. behaving in a decorous manner.
ˈdecorously adverb
decorum (diˈkoːrəm) noun
quiet, dignified and proper behaviour. The man behaved with decorum in the old lady's presence.
References in classic literature ?
Let this, my young readers, be your constant maxim, that no man can be good enough to enable him to neglect the rules of prudence; nor will Virtue herself look beautiful, unless she be bedecked with the outward ornaments of decency and decorum.
Meanwhile the younger generation: Boris, the officer, Anna Mikhaylovna's son; Nicholas, the undergraduate, the count's eldest son; Sonya, the count's fifteen-year-old niece, and little Petya, his youngest boy, had all settled down in the drawing room and were obviously trying to restrain within the bounds of decorum the excitement and mirth that shone in all their faces.
Then this ebony bird beguiling my sad fancy into smiling, By the grave and stern decorum of the countenance it wore, "Though thy crest be shorn and shaven, thou," I said, "art sure no craven, Ghastly grim and ancient raven wandering from the Nightly shore -- Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night's Plutonian shore
Then the ebony bird beguiling my sad fancy into smiling, By the grave and stern decorum of the countenance it wore, "Though thy crest be shorn and shaven, thou," I said, "art sure no craven, Ghastly grim and ancient Raven wandering from the Nightly shore-- Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night's Plutonian shore
She held their weakness for lions in good-humoured contempt, but played to them her part of the distinguished woman of letters with decorum.
That you may know that since you have not carried out my wishes in regard to observing outward decorum, I will take measures to put an end to this state of things.
True, to see real acting, good hardened real acting; but I would hardly walk from this room to the next to look at the raw efforts of those who have not been bred to the trade: a set of gentlemen and ladies, who have all the disadvantages of education and decorum to struggle through.
It is a curious thing, by the bye, for which I am quite unable to account, that these weird creatures-- the females, I mean--had in the earlier days of my stay an instinctive sense of their own repulsive clumsiness, and displayed in consequence a more than human regard for the decency and decorum of extensive costume.
Collins's fancying herself in love with her friend had once occurred to Elizabeth within the last day or two; but that Charlotte could encourage him seemed almost as far from possibility as she could encourage him herself, and her astonishment was consequently so great as to overcome at first the bounds of decorum, and she could not help crying out:
The leaders, of course, observed a due decorum, but some of the subalterns could not restrain their chuckling exultation, boasting that they would soon plant the British standard on the walls of Astoria, and drive the Americans out of the country.
She was a benevolent, charitable, good woman, and capable of strong attachments, most correct in her conduct, strict in her notions of decorum, and with manners that were held a standard of good-breeding.
He is at perfect liberty to be thin, but your obesity is contrary to decorum.