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Definition of "decorum" []

  • Appropriateness of behavior or conduct; propriety: "In the Ireland of the 1940's ... the stolidity of a long, empty, grave face was thought to be the height of decorum and profundity” ( John McGahern). (noun)
  • The conventions or requirements of polite behavior: the formalities and decorums of a military funeral. (noun)
  • The appropriateness of an element of an artistic or literary work, such as style or tone, to its particular circumstance or to the composition as a whole. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "decorum" in a sentence
  • "Is not the cant sometimes on the side of those who are so anxious for what they call decorum?"
  • "(world, from an attention to what it calls decorum; and the preferable nature of truth and sincerity) Tj"
  • "Was it Mondale who made finger pointing by politicians unclassy, bad manners or lacking in decorum?"