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  • I think an Encores! concert version changed "Nipponese nips" to "Decorous dips," which is a really good change, since it preserves the alliteration.

    The Deservedly Unknown Cole Porter

  • Decorous, portly — we have white hair waved under our hats; slim shoes; little bags; clean-shaven cheeks; here and there a military moustache; not a speck of dust has been allowed to settle anywhere on our broadcloth.

    The Waves

  • Decorous quiet, orderly habits, sober conduct, attention to business, these are the good things demanded by society in peace.

    The Continental Monthly, Vol. 6, No 4, August, 1864 Devoted To Literature And National Policy

  • Decorous Wit and it is suggested that, although scarcely a virtue, a sense of shame is becoming in youth.

    A Handbook of Ethical Theory

  • Decorous chronicles and biographies and monographs and eulogies exist, bound in leather and stamped in gold, each lauding its own hero: chronicles written in really beautiful language, and high-minded and noble, out of which the heroes come unstained.

    Coniston — Volume 04

  • Decorous silence prevailed until the house was exchanged for the green and shady churchyard: but then tongues were loosened, and the flower-bed broken into clusters.


  • Decorous French literature is stupid, and bright French literature is too wicked for anything.

    Oldtown Folks

  • ~Decorous~: behaving in a decent and respectable way.

    The History of London

  • Decorous and self-poised, he was only passionate before the enemy, but he rarely permitted a disrespectful look or word to escape condign and deliberate chastisement.

    The Rise of the Dutch Republic — Volume 29: 1578, part III

  • Decorous, timid Elizabeth could be a needy, whining, abandoned wife in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" (1958), or a disturbing prostitute in "Butterfield 8" (1960), the film for which she won her first Oscar, though she hated it.

    The Economist: Daily news and views


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