- 1Behavior in keeping with good taste and propriety: you exhibit remarkable modesty and decorumMore example sentences
- Of course, if you conduct yourself with impeccable taste and decorum, you will soon bore the reporters, and they will stop covering you.
- ‘They are patterns of behaviour or patterns of decorum that we all have,’ says MacArthur.
- There was a certain lack of decorum and taste at the Daily Record last week.
- 1.1Etiquette: he had no idea of funeral decorumMore example sentences
- He said, ‘In golf, customs of etiquette and decorum are just as important as rules governing play.’
- On the trek across the Sahara it was vital that decorum, etiquette and social graces were left at the airport!
- You don't have to follow the rules of social decorum or the niceties of society because you are privileged.
- 1.2 (usually decorums) • archaic A particular requirement of good taste and propriety.More example sentences
- Eighteenth-century novelists, such as William Goodall in his Adventures of Captain Greenland, frequently invoked Shakespeare as a precursor because he was felt to break literary decorums in much the same way as did the new form.
- In this, the volume is representative of current scholarship generally - and with some reason: the earlier decades are certainly less overtly sexy than the later, and more shrouded by those fabled Victorian decorums.
- There is a parallel here with sensation fiction, another literary vogue of the 1860s and 1870s, in which criminality lurks beneath the surface decorums of daily life.
- 1.3 • archaic Suitability to the requirements of a person, rank, or occasion.More example sentences
- Since Nabokov showed no sign of responding, one of the witnesses "and he was echt deutsch, real German" tried to hint at the required decorum.
mid 16th century (as a literary term, denoting suitability of style): from Latin, neuter of the adjective decorus 'seemly'.