decorum

noun
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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Synonyms & Antonyms for decorum

Synonyms

decency, form, propriety

Antonyms

impropriety, indecency, indecorum

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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

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Every thing was conducted with the greatest order and decorum, and the face of joy and gladness was universal. Kayla Bartsch, National Review, "‘Guns, Bells, Bonfires, and Illuminations’ — A Brief History of the Fourth of July," 4 July 2019 For decades, Minnesota has resisted allowing cameras in courtrooms for the usual arguments — lawyers would grandstand, witnesses would be intimidated, decorum would be disrupted if public proceedings were recorded and broadcast. Jeff Baenen, Twin Cities, "Cameras at Minnesota sentencings are pulling back the curtain on courts," 17 June 2019 The quietness was likely a display of royal decorum, as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were similarly greeted by a standing but quiet audience at their gala performance today. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton and Prince William Joke About the Awkward Silence During Their BAFTAs Entrance," 12 Feb. 2019 Greenwold defended the work: the point was to upset people, to violate decorum. Matthew Klam, The New Yorker, "The Weird, Violent, Uplifting Paintings of Mark Greenwold," 26 June 2019 Doing something as cutesy as that for any politician naturally crosses all (fe)lines of decorum. Alex Ward, Vox, "Cat-astrophe: Pakistani politician’s event streamed on Facebook with cat filter on," 17 June 2019 Wasser upset the decorum with an impassioned plea to consider elephants as fellow beings, not commodities. Sandi Doughton, The Seattle Times, "Sam Wasser pours his intense passion for protecting wildlife into research and catching poachers," 21 May 2019 There are several decorum rules about speaking on the House floor. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Democrat reads letter on House floor calling Trump supporters "racist" and "dumb"," 12 June 2019 Check your privilege, not to mention your taste and decorum, at the door before experiencing this rough and ready revisionist mythology of the Aztecs that merges bloody history with puerile hilarity. Karen D'souza, The Mercury News, "Review: Outrageous ‘Kiss My Aztec!’ premieres at Berkeley Rep," 8 June 2019

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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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decorum

noun

English Language Learners Definition of decorum

formal : correct or proper behavior that shows respect and good manners

decorum

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

Kids Definition of decorum

: proper behavior Grandpa insisted on decorum during the ceremony.

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