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decorous

Syllabification: dec·o·rous
Pronunciation: /ˈdekərəs
 
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Definition of decorous in English:

adjective

In keeping with good taste and propriety; polite and restrained: dancing with decorous space between partners
More example sentences
  • The flag waving was decorous, the cheering polite and the umpire was never once insulted.
  • We're not just talking about a polite and decorous way to find a New Year's date in a matter of mere weeks.
  • Reading this polished and sometimes decorous narrative, it is hard for the modern reader to see why it ever had such an impact.
Synonyms
proper, seemly, decent, becoming, befitting, tasteful;
tactful, polite, well mannered, genteel, respectable;
formal, restrained, modest, demure, gentlemanly, ladylike, unshowy, unflashy

Origin

mid 17th century (in the sense 'appropriate, seemly'): from Latin decorus 'seemly' + -ous.

Derivatives

decorously

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • The cheerful gastrointestinal surgeon whom I saw yesterday asked me when I'd like my procedures (as they are so decorously called) done.
  • The election was keenly but decorously contested.
  • Of course, other Canadians celebrated more decorously.

decorousness

2
noun
Example sentences
  • For all the decorousness of her music and songs, it's her voice that conveys the deepest sense of wonder and truly sells these songs.
  • The kids sat down, and within a moment all were in a state resembling decorousness.
  • He took it with him into the streets, galleries, beaches and bars he frequented, shedding the uptight decorousness that verse in the 1950s and '60s was expected to have.

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