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decorous

[dek-er-uh s, dih-kawr-uh s, -kohr-]
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adjective
  1. characterized by dignified propriety in conduct, manners, appearance, character, etc.

Origin of decorous

1655–65; < Latin decōrus seemly, becoming, derivative of decus; see decorate, -ous
Related formsdec·o·rous·ly, adverbdec·o·rous·ness, nounnon·dec·o·rous, adjectivenon·dec·o·rous·ly, adverbnon·dec·o·rous·ness, nounun·dec·o·rous, adjectiveun·dec·o·rous·ly, adverbun·dec·o·rous·ness, noun

Synonyms

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proper, becoming.

Antonyms

undignified.
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Examples from the Web for decorousness

Historical Examples

  • Ever since the engagement Mr. Shanner had been all decorousness and deference.

    An Engagement of Convenience

    Louis Zangwill

  • Which do you think should pay greatest attention to the decorousness of his appearance in the delivery of a speech?

  • That decorousness, that brightness, melted off what lay behind, as frosty dew melts off grass.

    The Dark Flower

    John Galsworthy

  • One learned, one merely obscene; one a pattern of decorousness, the other a self-polluter.


British Dictionary definitions for decorousness

decorous

adjective
  1. characterized by propriety in manners, conduct, etc
Derived Formsdecorously, adverbdecorousness, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin decōrus, from decor elegance
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Word Origin and History for decorousness

decorous

adj.

1660s, from Latin decorus "becoming, seemly, fitting, proper," from decus (genitive decoris) "ornament" (see decorate). Related: Decorously; decorousness.

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