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In keeping with good taste and propriety; polite and restrained.‘Charlotte gave David a decorous kiss’
proper, seemly, decent, becoming, befitting, tasteful, in good tasteView synonyms
- ‘He then proceeded to eat his dinner using bread and his fingers in a decorous manner, much to my sons' delight and fascination.’
- ‘Only after victory does he begin, clearly on the advice of his handlers, to adopt a more decorous manner.’
- ‘Consequently, women are expected to be decorous, modest, and discreet.’
- ‘If the result is a style that is overly mannered, decorous, cautious and middle-aged, then this is the price they pay for their infatuation.’
- ‘Those who are constantly ‘nice’, seemly and decorous, suppress their natural instincts.’
- ‘Reading this polished and sometimes decorous narrative, it is hard for the modern reader to see why it ever had such an impact.’
- ‘Store policies reveal a concern with establishing an orderly social space in which workers and consumers engaged in decorous, purposeful transactions.’
- ‘The young woman's acceptance of the cigarette, indoors and among her friends, was a statement of mild daring; during her wedding and the following celebrations, she was suitably decorous.’
- ‘Further in front, children receiving their First Communion displayed a mixture of decorous behaviour and occasional outbursts of cheerful chanting in praise of their hero.’
- ‘After all, she'd essentially refused to look him in the eye earlier, deciding to be proper and decorous instead of curious.’
- ‘The flag waving was decorous, the cheering polite and the umpire was never once insulted.’
- ‘We're not just talking about a polite and decorous way to find a New Year's date in a matter of mere weeks.’
- ‘My general feelings toward Hollywood have changed dramatically for the better after a decorous Academy Awards presentation last night.’
- ‘Agatha, Apted's next film, is a much more decorous and gentle crime film, a fictionalised version of the disappearance of mystery writer Agatha Christie in 1926.’
- ‘As she was singing - in a very decorous, quiet manner, in keeping with the Puritan distrust of the secular arts - her mother opened their back door.’
- ‘‘It looks like a cowpat,’ said the decorous Englishman who ordered it, ‘but it tastes good.’’
- ‘In Tokyo's hothouse atmosphere decorous behaviour brought from home is jettisoned.’
- ‘His personality seemed in harmony with his mild decorous manner but it hid totally unsuspected depths.’
- ‘Some of the sadhus were distinctly scary - like the Aghoris with their bells and boar tusks and magic mantras, who insulted their amused but decorous Nepalese audience.’
- ‘Such a decorous manner of doing business is of course, oh so Edinburgh and oh so out of date.’
Mid 17th century (in the sense ‘appropriate, seemly’): from Latin decorus ‘seemly’ + -ous.
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