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Examples of decorous in a Sentence
we were asked to be on our most decorous behavior at the formal event
the oppressively decorous standards of a royal court
Recent Examples of decorous from the Web
But there is nothing — at least to Western eyes — shocking about the decorous pas de deux for Nureyev and Bruhn (a nicely moody Denis Savin), which intimates little more than tender friendship; or about the bare-chested Avedon photographs.
Her character is also the only one to understand how absurd the situation is and to grasp the raw currents of power and lust that surge under the decorous surface.
Krzysztof Warlikowski, the director, has not created magic, but his production here is restrained and thoughtful, decorous without being chilly.
Indeed, one of the primary requisites to the AfD's success in Germany has been its finesse in defying the category of neo-Nazi, and burnishing instead an image of polite, decorous populism, thanks to the likes of Weidel.
Even Britain’s Theresa May, who has worked to maintain a decorous relationship with Trump, delivered a veiled criticism of Trump’s reaction to the violence in Charlottesville.
Hard to believe, but those were more decorous times.
If nothing else, Tuesday’s statement proved that he cannot be muzzled by his staff or decorous diplomatic protocol.
Even so, a decorous calm has mostly prevailed in Britain, notwithstanding an ongoing security alert triggered by fears that other terrorists might be preparing to strike.
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decorous Got Its Start With Etiquette
The current meaning of decorous dates from the mid-17th century. One of the word's earliest recorded uses appears in a book titled The Rules of Civility (1673): "It is not decorous to look in the Glass, to comb, brush, or do any thing of that nature to ourselves, whilst the said person be in the Room." Decorous for a time had another meaning as well—"fitting or appropriate"—but that now-obsolete sense seems to have existed for only a few decades in the 17th century. Decorous derives from the Latin word decorus, an adjective created from the noun decor, meaning "beauty" or "grace." Decor is akin to the Latin verb decēre ("to be fitting"), which is the source of our adjective decent. It is only fitting, then, that decent can be a synonym of decorous.
Synonymsbefitting, correct, decent, proper, de rigueur, genteel, nice, polite, respectable, seemly
Antonymsimproper, inappropriate, incorrect, indecent, indecorous, indelicate, unbecoming, ungenteel, unseemly
Related Wordsacceptable, adequate, satisfactory, tolerable; dress, dressy, formal; dignified, elegant, gracious; priggish, prim, stiff, stuffy; apt, material, relevant; compatible, congenial, harmonious; allowed, authorized, kosher, permitted
Near Antonymsintolerable, unacceptable, unsatisfactory; casual, grungy, informal; seedy, shabby, tacky; banned, barred, disallowed; forbidden, interdicted, outlawed, prohibited, proscribed; awkward, gauche, ungraceful
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