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Word: decorum

Definition: propriety; orderliness and good taste in manners; appropriateness of behavior or conduct

Sentences Containing 'decorum'

"A handsome man with polished manners, he was a stickler for dignity, decorum and punctuality at court session, and once ordered himself fined $10 for being 10 minutes late in appearing in court."
A certain amount of dignity and decorum being required for the newly occupied building, the board in March allowed the sheriff to purchase chandeliers and fixtures.
Accounts of the incident seemed to indicate that the chairman's resignation was a result of a perceived breach of decorum rather than a violation of any law or ethical standard. Controversy.
After the Civil War, an organization called the Cercle Française de l'Harmonie began using the Academy as a venue for masked balls, also called "French balls", in which the "nouveau riche" men of New York society would rub elbows – and other body parts – with semi-dressed prostitutes and courtesans, with little regard for public decorum or modesty.
And then, when they quote the Holy Scriptures!--anyone would say they are St. Thomases or other doctors of the Church, observing as they do a decorum so ingenious that in one sentence they describe a distracted lover and in the next deliver a devout little sermon that it is a pleasure and a treat to hear and read.
By this means industry will be encouraged, idleness punished, and we shall be famed, as well as happy for our tranquillity and decorum.
During dinner, Crosby never spoke to the girl on his left, breaking decorum.
He meted out to all the same even-handed justice, and required of all the same respectful regard for the law and for decorum.” Almanac.
However, the same debate over certain matters of decorum apply as exists with the haḍra.
It seems to me to show an abominable sort of conceited independence, a most country town indifference to decorum.''
Sancho acted accordingly, and gave him the same liberty he had given Dapple, between whom and Rocinante there was a friendship so unequalled and so strong, that it is handed down by tradition from father to son, that the author of this veracious history devoted some special chapters to it, which, in order to preserve the propriety and decorum due to a history so heroic, he did not insert therein; although at times he forgets this resolution of his and describes how eagerly the two beasts would scratch one another when they were together and how, when they were tired or full, Rocinante would lay his neck across Dapple's, stretching half a yard or more on the other side, and the pair would stand thus, gazing thoughtfully on the ground, for three days, or at least so long as they were left alone, or hunger did not drive them to go and look for food.
Social norms of decorum and politeness are also contrasted, with characters noting the strangeness and apparent illogical nature of foreign practices.
The final articles concerned decorum, and required subordinates to salute and give up their seats to superiors.
True, the planks were not so closely adjusted but that a hasty peep might be obtained through their interstices; but the strict decorum and rigid propriety of the inhabitants of the house left no grounds for apprehending that advantage would be taken of that circumstance.
With public decorum being more conservative in America when the song was released in the 1960s, the term "son of a bitch" in the line "I'm the son of a bitch that named you Sue!" was censored in the radio version and the final line was edited to remove the word "damn".
``Because honor, decorum, prudence, nay, interest, forbid it.

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