from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. 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).
- n. The conventions or requirements of polite behavior: the formalities and decorums of a military funeral.
- n. 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Appropriate social behavior; propriety
- n. A convention of social behavior
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Propriety of manner or conduct; grace arising from suitableness of speech and behavior to one's own character, or to the place and occasion; decency of conduct; seemliness; that which is seemly or suitable.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Propriety of speech, behavior, or dress; formal politeness; orderliness; seemliness; decency.
- n. In general, fitness, suitableness, or propriety of anything, with respect to occasion, purpose, or use.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. propriety in manners and conduct
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?
Though it is somewhat difficult to retain decorum about this issue, I must tell you that if anyone had walked into our Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia and told us that someday, in this great nation we were founding, citizens would be put in jail for possessing this great herb, we would have laughed them out of the room.
The real 'breach of decorum' is having a Democrat reaching in my wallet every time I turn around.
I deal with thepanese almost every week and Obama just embarrassed us yet again in front of a country where such lack of decorum is taken very seriously.
When one loses an election, the proper decorum is to concede and help the winning candidate.
But you have to understand that Congress is a place where a certain decorum is expected.
Not that the trifles of decorum is of any consequence but when one defines themselves with the need of always being “right,” someone or something has to always be wrong.
Laws are being written now because humanity has gotten so base that the kind of respect Jeff desires and demands in his own home, once a part of public decorum, is often no longer shown in public.