[dek-er-uh s, dih-kawr-uh s, -kohr-]
- characterized by dignified propriety in conduct, manners, appearance, character, etc.
Origin of decorous
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Examples from the Web for decorousness
Ever since the engagement Mr. Shanner had been all decorousness and deference.An Engagement of Convenience
Which do you think should pay greatest attention to the decorousness of his appearance in the delivery of a speech?The Apologia and Florida of Apuleius of Madaura
That decorousness, that brightness, melted off what lay behind, as frosty dew melts off grass.The Dark Flower
One learned, one merely obscene; one a pattern of decorousness, the other a self-polluter.Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 3 (of 6)
- characterized by propriety in manners, conduct, etc
C17: from Latin decōrus, from decor elegance
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Word Origin and History for decorousness
1660s, from Latin decorus "becoming, seemly, fitting, proper," from decus (genitive decoris) "ornament" (see decorate). Related: Decorously; decorousness.
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