de·​co·​rum | \ di-ˈkȯr-əm How to pronounce decorum (audio) \

Definition of decorum

1 : literary and dramatic propriety : fitness according to strict neoclassic decorum only the aristocracy had the right to appear in tragedy— Irving Babbitt
2 : propriety and good taste in conduct or appearance strict in her notions of decorum— Jane Austen
3 : orderliness the organization's decorum has rarely been shaken— W. F. Longgood
4 decorums plural : the conventions of polite behavior the established sobrieties and decorums of English life— H. G. Wells

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Examples of decorum in a Sentence

He has no sense of decorum. high standards of decorum are usually required when attending the opera
Recent Examples on the Web Proper decorum and behavior is required of all visitors in the galleries, and signage of any kind is not permitted. Stephen Simpson, Arkansas Online, 15 Feb. 2022 It’s this sturdy strain of reasonableness, which can sometimes take the form of decorum or blandness, that is ultimately Wyndham’s most creditable trait. Sam Sacks, WSJ, 22 Apr. 2022 There can be additional workplace decorum training for individuals with records and even modified probation term. Janice Gassam Asare, Forbes, 17 Apr. 2022 Waxman was part of a rising generation that had labored mightily to improve decorum in their synagogues. Zev Eleff, The Conversation, 10 Mar. 2022 The incidents were just the latest breach of decorum for a presidential address, an annual event where unruly behavior by lawmakers has become more frequent. Farnoush Amiri,, 3 Mar. 2022 Riverside County Supervisor Victor Manuel Perez said the effort is a model for other government agencies balancing the right to free speech with the need for public decorum. Deborah Sullivan Brennan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Nov. 2021 And yet each time the film dispenses with decorum, Larraín’s troublemaking intentions rise to the surface, a middle finger to the received protocol of respectfully representing the Royals. Mark Olsen Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 5 Nov. 2021 Speakers will be expected to maintain proper decorum, including not using indecent or discriminatory language; not engaging in electioneering and not endorsing or promoting any product or service. Robert Higgs, cleveland, 18 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of decorum

1568, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for decorum

Latin, from neuter of decorus — see decorous

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The first known use of decorum was in 1568

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9 May 2022

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“Decorum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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: proper behavior Grandpa insisted on decorum during the ceremony.

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