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decorous

[dek-er-uh s, dih-kawr-uh s, -kohr-] /ˈdɛk ər əs, dɪˈkɔr əs, -ˈkoʊr-/
adjective
1.
characterized by dignified propriety in conduct, manners, appearance, character, etc.
Origin of decorous
1655-1665
1655-65; < Latin decōrus seemly, becoming, derivative of decus; see decorate, -ous
Related forms
decorously, adverb
decorousness, noun
nondecorous, adjective
nondecorously, adverb
nondecorousness, noun
undecorous, adjective
undecorously, adverb
undecorousness, noun
Synonyms
proper, becoming.
Antonyms
undignified.
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  • Major Brent and Colonel Hyssop observed her in decorously suppressed sympathy.

    A Young Man in a Hurry Robert W. Chambers
  • Everything went off simply, decorously, and without any affectation on his part.

  • Rules were, however, decorously observed, and chairmen chosen at their meetings.

    Haunted London Walter Thornbury
  • They received him most decorously, for the Lone Wolf made a speech that opened their eyes.

    The Sunset Trail Alfred Henry Lewis
  • For a moment madame was lost in calculation, then she decorously mentioned the amount of their debt.

    Max Katherine Cecil Thurston
  • He was entering it decorously, though not without some speed.

    The New Warden Mrs. David G. Ritchie
  • He was decorously sthetic, just as he was decorously religious and decorously obedient to the usages of society.

  • If you must air your grievances, surely you may do it quietly and decorously.

  • He seated himself, for Electra was now decorously smiling in a chair that became her.

    Rose MacLeod Alice Brown
British Dictionary definitions for decorously

decorous

/ˈdɛkərəs/
adjective
1.
characterized by propriety in manners, conduct, etc
Derived Forms
decorously, adverb
decorousness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin decōrus, from decor elegance
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Word Origin and History for decorously

decorous

adj.

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

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