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decorum
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The Scarlet Letter

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Definition manners and conduct considered to be proper and in good taste
  • In reply to her mother's command and entreaty that she would behave more decorously,
    Chapter 10 -- The Leech and his Patient (49% in)
decorously = with manners and conduct considered to be proper and in good taste
  • It is scarcely decorous, however, to speak all, even where we speak impersonally.
    Introductory (2% in)
  • Finally, little heroic as he was, it seemed more decorous to be overthrown in the downfall of the party with which he had been content to stand than to remain a forlorn survivor, when so many worthier men were falling: and at last, after subsisting for four years on the mercy of a hostile administration, to be compelled then to define his position anew, and claim the yet more humiliating mercy of a friendly one.
    Introductory (94% in)
  • The whole tribe of decorous personages, who had never heretofore been seen with a single hair of their heads awry, would start into public view with the disorder of a nightmare in their aspects.
    Chapter 12 -- The Minister's Vigil (40% in)
  • It was not so much a better principle, as partly his natural good taste, and still more his buckramed habit of clerical decorum, that carried him safely through the latter crisis.
    Chapter 20 -- The Minister in a Maze (59% in)

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