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- n. The state or quality of being decorous.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Decency or propriety of behavior.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. propriety in manners and conduct
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Having grown in an elegant Reform congregation, prayer was for me a matter of majesty and decorousness, which is to say from my perspective, boring.
Maslin on Audition by Barbara Walters: If any single thing keeps 'Audition' from achieving the stature of Katharine Graham's 'Personal History,' the book that set the high-water mark for memoirs of the politically and socially well-connected, it is the excess decorousness built into
The Democratic leadership and the liberal intelligentsia seemed pathetic and exhausted, wedded to musty ideals of bipartisanship and decorousness.
Here's the point -- I think the middle-brow decorousness of Times editors gets in the way of cultural truths.
I'm a little late to the party, but here is an absurd decorousness in the denunciations -- from the Obama and McCain campaigns and across the liberal blogosphere -- of the current New Yorker cover.
Which do you think should pay greatest attention to the decorousness of his appearance in the delivery of a speech?
But I think decorousness plays at least a small role in the usefulness of blog reviews, particularly when it comes to using quotes that go on the front and back covers of books.
In a room filled with automatons, they were able to push people into some form of recognition, even if it was only the foggy first moments of intuiting that the rules of weak-minded decorousness had been transgressed .
For he lacked the capacity for making friends, and repelled rather than attracted by a studiously impressive demeanor, a painful decorousness, and an unbending dignity, which was, of course, no true dignity at all, but merely a bad imitation of it.
In the government of the exterior of a man modesty aims to make it conform to the demands of decency and decorousness (honestas).