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  • All decorum was lost in the classroom.
  • She insists upon decorum and civility at her meetings.
  • She offends my sense of decorum.
  • She is troubled by his indifference to decorum.

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  • After the interruption, the chairperson asked for decorum and civility during the remainder of the meeting.
  • Any other plan would be contrary to reason, to precedent, and to decorum.
    Alexander Hamilton  --  Federalist Papers
  • The tete-a-tete was decorous in the extreme.
  • strict in her notions of decorum, and with manners that were held a standard of good-breeding.
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion
  • Wilkins was looking important and excited, and trying to conceal an inward exultation under a manner of decorous calm.
    Christie, Agatha  --  The Mysterious Affair at Styles
  • Such lack of decorum, it is clear, is as unthinkable as nudity on the street.
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan

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  • In himself man is essentially a beast, only he butters it over like a slice of bread with a little decorum.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • She wore her decorous dresses to morning mass, and around her neck displayed the short single strand of pearls she had received on her fifteenth birthday.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • The honored guests moved silently upon the platform, herded toward their high, carved chairs by Dr. Bledsoe with the decorum of a portly head waiter.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • she was exceedingly desirous that everything should go with due order and decorum.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • In reply to her mother’s command and entreaty that she would behave more decorously,
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • If ever I hear again of any lapse from a proper standard of infantile decorum, I shall ask for your transference to a Sub-Centre–preferably to Iceland.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • And I know Englishmen of the Colonel’s type-even if he had fallen in love with the young lady at first sight, he would have advanced slowly and with decorum, not rushing things.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • And liberty plucks justice by the nose;
    The baby beats the nurse, and quite athwart
    Goes all decorum.
    William Shakespeare  --  Measure for Measure
  • after a stumble, his life was regaining its due and natural character of pleasant lightheartedness and decorum.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  The Death of Ivan Ilych
  • That was from Piggy, shocked out of decorum.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • The decorous stroll down to the beach.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • Tom looked down the line of tents and he saw Ruthie and Winfield standing in front of a tent in decorous conversation with someone inside.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • [He goes out with impressive decorum, and spoils it by slamming the door savagely]
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • The slightest breach in decorum would find the perpetrator kicked off on the side of the road, no matter where we were.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • There is still a chance to preserve protocol and decorum.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • He had scented the matter as quickly as any of the rest, but decorum demanded that he sit oblivious until he was notified.
    Zora Neale Hurston  --  Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • And both houses serve to affirm the great theme of order and decorum.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Even he was sensible of the decorous atmosphere and even he began to respond to the religious stimulus.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • For nothing is more suitable to persons of gravity and decorum than to endure minor inconveniences with constancy.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Horse and His Boy
  • He coughs decorously and moves a little farther aside as he considers the situation and senses her feelings, dimly, with perturbation.
    Tennessee Williams  --  The Glass Menagerie
  • But there was the decorously grave, though unmoved physician, seeking only to...
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Minister’s Black Veil
  • He, whose notions of propriety and decorum were supersensitive, had not suggested even that an attendant should remain within call.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • Nay again, whatever might be his eccentricities, Bartleby was an eminently decorous person.
    Herman Melville  --  Bartleby, the Scrivener: a Story of Wall Street
  • Their conceptions of ornament and decorum were necessarily different from ours; and not only were they evidently much less sensible of changes of temperature than we are, but changes of pressure do not seem to have affected their health at all seriously.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • She is a lady I have watched with the greatest admiration. Soul of fidelity, decorum.
    John Gardner  --  Grendel
  • there are certain rules of decorum which cannot be disregarded with impunity.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • —she saw with surprise ... Magnus Bane ... was being the model of decorum.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • ...he thought of the people soon to be going quietly home to Sunday dinner, decorously festive,
    William Faulkner  --  The Sound and the Fury
  • In truth the masquerade license of the night was nearly unlimited; but the figure in question had ... gone beyond the bounds of even the prince’s indefinite decorum.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Masque of the Red Death
  • Sadie would treat the Boss with an icy decorum, meeting him only and strictly in the course of business, standing quietly before him while he talked.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • Free of all confusion, Eri now sleeps decorously in her bed.
    Haruki Murakami  --  After Dark
  • None of it flung down, no, but deposited gently and with feeling, with decorum, upon the dusty edges of the road, as if a whole city had walked here with hands full, at which time a great bronze trumpet had sounded, the articles had been relinquished to the quiet dust, and one and all, the inhabitants of the earth had fled straight up into the blue heavens.
    Ray Bradbury  --  The Martian Chronicles
  • We courted decorously, not like Dede and Jaimito, two little puppies you constantly have to watch over so they don’t get into trouble—Mama has been telling me the stories.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • Suddenly she came upon a stout gentleman in a silk hat and a chaste black coat, whose decorous row of buttons reached from his chin to his knees.
    Stephen Crane  --  Maggie: A Girl of the Streets
  • ...the principles of honor, decorum and gentleness applied to perfectly normal human instinct which you Anglo-Saxons insist upon calling lust…
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • In twenty minutes the party was again elevated to the decorum of a prayer-meeting.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • keep decorum
    William Shakespeare  --  Antony and Cleopatra
  • ...was on her side contriving how to give the captain proper encouragement, without appearing too forward; for she was a strict observer of all rules of decorum.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • Only a last scrap of decorum keeps me from it.
    Nicole Krauss  --  The History of Love
  • Nothing can be more decorous than her entry and her reception by Ramsden, whom she kisses.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
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