[dek-er-uhs, dih-kawr-uhs, -kohr-]


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 for decorous

Antonyms for decorous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for decorously

Contemporary Examples of decorously

  • Also, I adore the devastating footnotes, wherein he eviscerates (decorously) his wayward predecessor, Andrew Field.

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Historical Examples of decorously

British Dictionary definitions for decorously



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

Word Origin for decorous

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



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

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