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decorum

[dih-kawr-uh m, -kohr-] /dɪˈkɔr əm, -ˈkoʊr-/
noun
1.
dignified propriety of behavior, speech, dress, etc.
2.
the quality or state of being decorous, or exhibiting such dignified propriety; orderliness; regularity.
3.
Usually, decorums. an observance or requirement of polite society.
Origin of decorum
1560-1570
1560-70; < Latin decōrum, noun use of neuter of decōrus decorous
Synonyms
1. politeness, manners, dignity. See etiquette.

dulce et decorum est pro patria mori

[doo l-ke et de-koh-room est proh pah-tree-ah moh-ree; English duhl-see et di-kawr-uh m est proh pey-tree-uh mawr-ahy, mohr-ahy, -kohr-uh m] /ˈdʊl kɛ ɛt dɛˈkoʊ rum ɛst proʊ ˈpɑ triˌɑ ˈmoʊ ri; English ˈdʌl si ɛt dɪˈkɔr əm ɛst proʊ ˈpeɪ tri ə ˈmɔr aɪ, ˈmoʊr aɪ, -ˈkoʊr əm/
Latin.
1.
sweet and fitting it is to die for one's country.
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  • The sun on the following morning had hardly risen to an angle of decorum when I paid my second visit to Master Mahasaya.

    Autobiography of a YOGI Paramhansa Yogananda
  • This evening some decorum was observed, there wasn't too much gorging.

  • The indecorous Elizabethans regarded this custom almost entirely from the point of view of decorum and morality.

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  • Such a breach of delicacy and decorum never did I witness before.

    Gomez Arias Joaqun Telesforo de Trueba y Coso
  • But the type of decorum one found in a church or temple was utterly beyond them.

    A Jewish Chaplain in France Lee J. Levinger
British Dictionary definitions for decorum

decorum

/dɪˈkɔːrəm/
noun
1.
propriety, esp in behaviour or conduct
2.
a requirement of correct behaviour in polite society
Word Origin
C16: from Latin: propriety
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Word Origin and History for decorum
n.

1560s, from Latin decorum "that which is seemly," noun use of neuter of adjective decorus "fit, proper," from decor (see decor).

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