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While she took comfort in propriety, he saw it as a straitjacket.
  socially correct or appropriate behavior
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  • While she took comfort in propriety, he saw it as a straitjacket.
  • She was known for losing all sense of propriety once she had a few drinks.
  • Propriety was a rigid master, but one that must be obeyed if one wanted to keep a sterling reputation.
    Lawana Blackwell
  • Finally, realizing that I was stretching the bounds of propriety, I rose to my feet and addressed the motley assemblage.
    Jim Stovall  --  The Ultimate Gift

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  • His wife, without any reason... began to disturb the pleasure and propriety of their life.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  The Death of Ivan Ilych
  • Where has propriety gone?
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Glass
  • I nod, remembering the propriety in Elizabeth’s voice.
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • It was up to Call to stop her. He would, I was sure—he and his tight little sense of propriety.
    Katherine Paterson  --  Jacob Have I Loved
  • The whole company, indeed, seemed now deeply to feel that in the costume and bearing of the stranger neither wit nor propriety existed.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Masque of the Red Death
  • I hope he doesn’t lose his sense of propriety or they will have to shut him up.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman

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  • She’d be like that matronly grandmother who’d once worked as a spy in the war—the picture of propriety with a shocking past.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
  • Then Mom, abandoning her usual propriety, joined us, and we all held one another in a heap on the palace floor.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Elite
  • "If I recall correctly," I say with crisp propriety, "I was a perfect gentleman that night."
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • The Rooms, so close by the guard’s station, were bastions of propriety.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • Justice Sandra Day O’Connor was especially active during the oral argument, asking me lots of questions about the propriety of correctional staff engaging in medical procedures.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • Folk with less curiosity or more propriety stayed outside, peering through the wide windows and gossiping over what they’d heard.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • As the screaming from outside the gate burst all bounds of propriety, the Prince interrupted the Archdean with gentlest manner and said, "Holiness, my love is simply overpowering my ability to wait—please skip on down to the end of the service."
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • But Esperanza loved her more for her capricious ways than for her propriety.
    Pam Munoz Ryan  --  Esperanza Rising
  • On one occasion, a film was the fuse for an explosion of enthusiasm for the whole class in which eighteen children momentarily forgot the prison of the classroom, forgot about the ironclad rules of propriety, forgot about the frowning Mrs. Brown in the next room, and danced maniacally in the pure joy of group sharing and identification.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • The first week we were there she had added extra hooks to the neck of her overalls so that she could fasten the collar high around her throat and, this propriety taken care of, I had the feeling she was as content to be reading the Bible here in Vught to those who had never heard it as she’d been serving soup to hungry people in the hallway of the Beje.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • But this was still a time of worshipful wedlock and cold, marmoreal legitimacy, and besides, it was Flatbush, a place as disposed to the extremes of propriety and to neighborly snooping as the most arrested small town in the American heartland.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Even during time of war, we must follow the rules of propriety and civilization.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Chains
  • Twenty-seven years of propriety were no match for several hundred thousand years of instinct.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Now she is all worry and apprehension and propriety.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • And despite my show of righteousness, for all my talk of propriety and discretion, I stayed within earshot.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • Mr. Darcy, with grave propriety, requested to be allowed the honour of her hand, but in vain.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • — Silence that dreadful bell; it frights the isle From her propriety.
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • The propriety of my leaving it.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • She had cut the last thread of propriety.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • Dussel comes in, goes toward the window with an air of propriety, sniffs…. coughs, sneezes and clears his throat.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • Just a moment previous to the scuffle with Henry, Mr. Hamilton suggested the propriety of making a search for the protections which he had understood Frederick had written for himself and the rest.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • And all the infant paupers might have chorussed the rejoinder with great propriety, if they had heard it.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • "You may even say, My Lord," replied Athos, who stickled for propriety.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • With a few lessons, she had learned to do the proprieties of Miss Ophelia’s chamber in a way with which even that particular lady could find no fault.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • We have long since passed propriety, commander.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • It was evident that they debated on the propriety of some measure, that nearly concerned the welfare of the travelers.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • Certain little proprieties, certain special conventionalities, were not observed by Cosette.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • The landscape continued to be disturbing and alarming to one brought up in respect for the propriety of forms.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • And what about all his talk of honor and propriety, his disapproval of the female customers, who, after all, were only showing him their feet to get fitted for shoes?A woman’s face, he’d said,is her husband’s business only.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • ’How is this?’ said Linton, addressing her; ’what notion of propriety must you have to remain here, after the language which has been held to you by that blackguard?
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • Prince Andrew watched the commander in chief’s face attentively, and the only expression he could see there was one of boredom, curiosity as to the meaning of the feminine whispering behind the door, and a desire to observe propriety.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • "Good points in him, good points in him," said Cousin Raymond; "Heaven forbid I should deny good points in him; but he never had, and he never will have, any sense of the proprieties."
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • Now, do you feel that you must slap me to preserve the proprieties?
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • It was short, but expressed good sense, warm attachment, liberality, propriety, even delicacy of feeling.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • One of the most remarkable occasions, when the habit of bygone days awoke in me, was that which brings it within the law of literary propriety to offer the public the sketch which I am now writing.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • 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
  • Upon arrival in the Himalaya, Pittman appeared to adhere as closely as possible to the proprieties of high society.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • She wiped her cheeks with a tiny, polite smile and gave the handkerchief back, murmuring ’Grazie, grazie’ with meek, maidenly propriety, and then, without any warning whatsoever of a change in mood, clawed suddenly at his eyes with both hands.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Prim little Winkle too is here, With every hair in place, A model of propriety, Though he hates to wash his face.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • All the adventures at the Castle of Miraguarda are excellent and of admirable contrivance, and the language is polished and clear, studying and observing the style befitting the speaker with propriety and judgment.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
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