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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; orderliness; regularity.
3.
Usually, decorums. an observance or requirement of polite society.
Origin
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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  • Want of liberty, by strengthening law and decorum, stupefies conscience.
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  • It is an insular place of strict decorum and deliberate mystery.
  • Civility is under strain as the new economy prizes speed over decorum.
  • Public figures have a responsibility to behave with a little decorum.
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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Encyclopedia Article for decorum

in literary style, the appropriate rendering of a character, action, speech, or scene. The concept of literary propriety, in its simplest stage of development, was outlined by Aristotle. In later classical criticism, the Roman poet Horace maintained that to retain its unity, a work of art must be consistent in every aspect: the subject or theme must be dealt with in the proper diction, metre, form, and tone. Farcical characters should speak in a manner befitting their social position; kings should intone with the elegance and dignity commensurate with their rank

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