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  • She is a lady I have watched with the greatest admiration. Soul of fidelity, decorum.   (source)
    decorum = proper manners and conduct
  • For nothing is more suitable to persons of gravity and decorum than to endure minor inconveniences with constancy.   (source)
    decorum = proper manners
  • 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.   (source)
    decorum = proper manners and conduct
  • The decorous stroll down to the beach.   (source)
    decorous = with manners and conduct considered to be proper and in good taste
  • 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.   (source)
    decorum = proper manners and conduct
  • In himself man is essentially a beast, only he butters it over like a slice of bread with a little decorum.   (source)
    decorum = good manners
  • He coughs decorously and moves a little farther aside as he considers the situation and senses her feelings, dimly, with perturbation.   (source)
    decorously = in a polite manner
  • He had scented the matter as quickly as any of the rest, but decorum demanded that he sit oblivious until he was notified.   (source)
    decorum = proper manners and conduct
  • 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.   (source)
  • [He goes out with impressive decorum, and spoils it by slamming the door savagely]   (source)
  • she was exceedingly desirous that everything should go with due order and decorum.   (source)
  • He, whose notions of propriety and decorum were supersensitive, had not suggested even that an attendant should remain within call.   (source)
  • 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.   (source)
  • after a stumble, his life was regaining its due and natural character of pleasant lightheartedness and decorum.   (source)
  • 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.   (source)
    decorous = proper and in good taste
  • In reply to her mother's command and entreaty that she would behave more decorously,   (source)
    decorously = with manners and conduct considered to be proper and in good taste
  • 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.   (source)
    decorum = proper manners and conduct
  • There had been previous, decorous encounters.†   (source)
  • His position as the maitre d' of the Boyarsky called for judiciousness, tact, decorum.†   (source)
  • The guy had no sense of decorum.†   (source)
  • "Because Jesus was a Jew," Langdon said, taking over while Teabing searched for his book, "and the social decorum during that time virtually forbid a Jewish man to be unmarried.†   (source)
  • "You'd think she'd have picked up a few lessons in decorum over the years.†   (source)
  • Savannah was a place of manners and decorum, first and foremost.†   (source)
  • When Briony had shown her cousins the sales booth and the collection box the evening before, the twins had fought each other for the best frontof-house roles, but Lola had crossed her arms and paid decorous, grown-up compliments through a half smile that was too opaque for the detection of irony.†   (source)
  • That also means I'm not good at feigning gratitude for regifted CDs of country Christmas music or subscriptions to Field and Stream—for years Uncle Les had labored under the baffling delusion that I am "outdoorsy"—but for decorum's sake I forced a smile and held up each unwrapped trinket for all to admire until the pile of presents left on the coffee table had shrunk to just three.†   (source)
  • In a panic she fled, out the door and down the roadway, running, blind to reason or decorum, past the Meeting House, past the loiterers near the town pump, past the houses where her pupils lived.†   (source)
  • Decorous click of shoes on the parquet, light fingertips on my sleeve, and the next thing I knew Kitsey had her arms around me and I was smiling down into her white-blonde hair.†   (source)
  • But decorum dictates that I should walk with him and my granddaughter Lira and my nine-year-old grandson.†   (source)
  • If our kids play as well as they can, we're going to beat their butt:' But every right-thinking Ole Miss football fan and player must agree that Croom has violated football decorum—which is of course only what you'd expect from a Mississippi State football coach.†   (source)
  • He wants to write a story in which the youth, enthusiasm, and lack of decorum that mark the still comparatively new American republic come into contact with the stuffy and emotionless and rule-bound world that is Europe.†   (source)
  • Mark's not quite sure about me, and his need for decorum wins out.†   (source)
  • It wasn't until a second noise became audible in the pulse of the powerful sirens that we thought to effect a pause in our little episode of decorous hysteria.†   (source)
  • Baby Kochamma placed them decorously in hers.†   (source)
  • "And you, E'lir Kvothe, will comport yourself with more decorum in the future."†   (source)
  • The neck and the plaits of hair and the white hands folded decorously in her lap all stood in sharp contrast to her black mourning outfit and gave Susan Marie the air of an unostentatious young German baroness who had perhaps just recently lost her husband but had not in the face of it forgotten how to dress well, even when she dressed to suggest grief.†   (source)
  • She had pull with the police department, so the men in their flashy suits and fleshy scars sat with churchlike decorum and waited to ask favors from her.†   (source)
  • He poked his head inside the window, elevated his eyebrows, and said in a decorous voice: "I was once an exceedingly odd young lady—Suffering much from spleen and vapors."†   (source)
  • With the guests departed, King Orrin abandoned the guise of royal decorum.†   (source)
  • This was a departure from the days of decorous protest, and many of the old stalwarts of the ANC were to fade away in this new era of greater militancy.†   (source)
  • Her first impulse was of decorum—to jerk her skirts about her in seemly fashion and be certain that no smirch adhered to them.†   (source)
  • The occasion called for more decorum.†   (source)
  • He was horrified, sure that what he had done was a dreadful breach of decorum, far worse than not being able to get his boots off quickly.†   (source)
  • His commanding officer praised him in his commendation letter: …. exemplary performance in military decorum, appearance, respect for authority, and leadership in your peer group in addition to your outstanding academic record.†   (source)
  • "You must mind your decorum," Charles admonished Jack.†   (source)
  • Then, in his affected, r-less Spanish, he proceeded to explain that he had no particular inclination for married life, being in love only with the arts, literature, and scientific curiosities, and therefore had no intention of disturbing her with the usual demands of a husband; they could live together, but not entwined, in perfect harmony and decorum.†   (source)
  • Her whole body was a picture of stillness and well-bred decorum, except for her fingers, which swam nervously among themselves like a bowlful of baby eels.†   (source)
  • It quickly becomes clear that there will be an absence of the decorum typical of graduation ceremonies.†   (source)
  • The grand houses and hospitality were such as Adams had never known, even if, as a self-respecting New Englander, he thoughtNew Yorkers lacking in decorum.†   (source)
  • The water of the river being well below the stage, the queen was lifted, as decorously as possible, from the rocking boat onto the shore.†   (source)
  • Their sense of decorum is evident in the respectful way they address Kennedy, a man whose intimate life they well know.†   (source)
  • I have to suppress a groan of pleasure at the anticipation for decorum's sake.†   (source)
  • Some crudely childish form of self-deception had made them choose to give to this occasion the decorous setting of a formal dinner.†   (source)
  • There was a decorous, efficient simplicity in this transfiguration from civilian to military, and the cadre performed its tasks with extraordinary precision and dispatch.†   (source)
  • We abandon our backboards along with our decorum, racing for the stairs and the promise of freedom, however temporary it may be.†   (source)
  • But his hope of departing with decorum collapsed before he was put into the ground.†   (source)
  • Tappan spoke about manners and decorum and the way things should be done, but he could see his words were not making an impression.†   (source)
  • I would have gone right over to them and confronted him but the sound of his voice, the way he was speaking to her almost decorously, froze me.†   (source)
  • His father was sleeping, hands decorously clasped on his middle.†   (source)
  • Any other plan would be contrary to reason, precedent, and decorum.†   (source)
  • Dunwoody suspected Barlowe was most likely selling narcotics, but so long as he paid Dunwoody's hefty fees and maintained a certain amount of decorum in Dunwoody's presence, the lawyer had no qualms about camouflaging the cash.†   (source)
  • Duke et decorum.†   (source)
  • She took a decorous sip, made a face, and returned the glass to the table.†   (source)
  • Then with an effort at decorum she pursed her lips and murmured in a slightly Yankeefied voice, "Miss Law-peedus will be with you direckly."†   (source)
  • At least she'd maintain decorum when advertising men came calling.†   (source)
  • Indeed, if after hearing the ecstatic shrieks of climactic conversion against the thumping beat of the melodeon you had stood under the window of a whorehouse and listened to the low decorous voices, you would have been likely to confuse the identities of the two ministries.†   (source)
  • When he looked back, he was full of sobriety and decorum.†   (source)
  • Straining to hear above the sustained murmur and speaking in a decorously muffled voice, his hand over the receiver, Evgraf answered questions over the telephone about the funeral arrangements and the circumstances of the doctor's death.†   (source)
  • Until we came at last to where, at a decorous distance, the bullock cart waited to take them away.†   (source)
  • ...the principles of honor, decorum and gentleness applied to perfectly normal human instinct which you Anglo-Saxons insist upon calling lust…   (source)
  • 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.   (source)
  • In twenty minutes the party was again elevated to the decorum of a prayer-meeting.   (source)
  • Nay again, whatever might be his eccentricities, Bartleby was an eminently decorous person.   (source)
    decorous = with manners and conduct considered to be proper and in good taste
  • But there was the decorously grave, though unmoved physician, seeking only to...   (source)
  • there are certain rules of decorum which cannot be disregarded with impunity.   (source)
    decorum = proper manners and conduct
  • The Count harrumphed. lust because I am a man of decorum does not mean that I am stodgy.†   (source)
  • The home sister was there to supervise and ensure decorum.†   (source)
  • Instinct for survival had long since overridden archival decorum.†   (source)
  • She ate with the ravenous intensity of a gorging wolf, displaying a complete lack of decorum.†   (source)
  • Emotion supersedes professional decorum.†   (source)
  • Alessandro thanked the boy, pleased that lack of decorum did not necessarily imply lack of courtesy.†   (source)
  • One of the trolls overcame his forced decorum and threw a mace directly at the Queen of Hearts.†   (source)
  • Two teachers in dark suits talked decorously beside a broken fountain.†   (source)
  • A woman must set an example of decorum and right thinking in the inside realm.†   (source)
  • I forgot about decorum and turned to Beautiful Moon, who looked as excited as I felt.†   (source)
  • The only way I could see and still maintain proper decorum was to look straight down.†   (source)
  • I knew that both girls were only children, and it was obvious their parents missed them too much to bother with decorum.†   (source)
  • But even if I were to ask, even if I were to violate decorum to that extent, Rita would not allow it.†   (source)
  • The dedicated girls were shut up inside the temple compound, fed the best of everything to keep them sleek and healthy, and rigorously trained so they would be ready for the great day — able to fulfill their duties with decorum, and without quailing.†   (source)
  • …and yet—hair, much too long, tangled here and there, knotted round a dead leaf or a twig; faces cleaned fairly well by the process of eating and sweating but marked in the less accessible angles with a kind of shadow; clothes, worn away, stiff like his own with sweat, put on, not for decorum or comfort but out of custom; the skin of the body, scurfy with brine— He discovered with a little fall of the heart that these were the conditions he took as normal now and that he did not mind.†   (source)
  • Apart from Andy—cryptic, isolated, self-sufficient, incapable of dishonesty and completely lacking in both malice and charisma—the other Barbours, even Todd, all had something slightly uncanny about them, a watchful, sly amalgam of decorum and mischief that made it all too easy to imagine their forebears gathering in the forest by night, casting off their Puritan garb to frolic by the pagan bonfire.†   (source)
  • But principally, he hesitated because as a matter of decorum, it seemed utterly inappropriate for one to sit at a table when one is dressed to wait upon it.†   (source)
  • Decorum?†   (source)
  • We both have white knee socks, patent-leather Mary Janes; our legs are crossed decorously at the ankle, right over left, as instructed.†   (source)
  • Now, admittedly, the exploration of private apartments represents something of a break with decorum, but Nina's interest in visiting the rooms was not thievery.†   (source)
  • After all those years of striving and struggling, of hoping and praying, of shouldering expectations, stomaching opinions, navigating decorum, and making conversation, what they seek, quite simply, is a little peace and quiet.†   (source)
  • And when her guest grew red and responded in a huff, the Countess would give Mishka a conspiratorial wink, as if they stood arm in arm in the battle against boorish decorum and the outmoded attitudes of the times.†   (source)
  • She does this with perfect decorum; she's wearing her pleated skirt with the straps over the shoulders.†   (source)
  • It was during Sunny's absence that I finally awoke to this notion, that I was perfectly suited to my town, that I had steadily become, oddly and unofficially, its primary citizen, the living, breathing expression of what people here wanted—privacy and decorum and the quietude of hard-earned privilege.†   (source)
  • I am tired of living between deaths and funerals, weighted with decorum, unable to shout or sing or dance, unable to scream or swear, unable to laugh, unable to breathe out loud.†   (source)
  • Although he tormented his own father's rules of decorum he simultaneously and almost secretly valued the elements of honour and gentleness.†   (source)
  • Come, Nanette, we should let him shower and then he'll need to get dressed in private," she says decorously, rising and gathering herself.†   (source)
  • The Council of Elders managed to maintain their decorum, but behind Nasuada, Elva uttered a quick laugh of amusement.†   (source)
  • Seeing the need for a manual of parliamentary rules for the Senate, he wrote one, distinguished by its clarity, emphasis on decorum, and the degree to which he had drawn on the British model.†   (source)
  • I did not like decorum or rectitude in a classroom; I preferred a highly oxygenated atmosphere, a climate of intemperance, rhetoric, and feverish melodrama.†   (source)
  • Scenes of a shaded lawn in summer drifted past; I saw a uniformed military band arrayed decorously in concert, each musician with well-oiled hair, heard a sweet-voiced trumpet rendering "The Holy City" as from an echoing distance, buoyed by a choir of muted horns; and above, the mocking obbligato of a mocking bird.†   (source)
  • I know certain families have enjoyed relationships because of their children, had carpools and holiday barbecues, and perhaps a shared weekend at a country house upstate or on the Long Island shore, but on the whole an unwritten covenant of conduct governs us, a signet of cordiality and decorum, in whose ethic, if it can be called such a thing, the worst wrong is to be drawn forth and disturbed.†   (source)
  • He was a model of decorum with the nuns, and he bent his soul to theirs so that they would be pleased to come to his father's station.†   (source)
  • Having acknowledged the concern he felt over his ability to sit silentlyby during the debate and preside only, he said it would be his "constant endeavor" to behave toward all members with the consideration and decorum befitting their station and character.†   (source)
  • Everyone did, even the attorney Giuliani, egalitarian and republican, perhaps because he knew that old cats and dying empires viciously insist upon decorum.†   (source)
  • Work hard and remember three things: Be good to your in-laws and always show respect, be good to your husband and always weave for him, be good to your children and always be a model of decorum to them.†   (source)
  • …neither of them anticipated except in secret, an end they no doubt imagined would never come, not in life, could come only in books: so that only he, Will Hodge, had known the whole deadly process with certainty, by the knotting of his belly, and he'd done nothing, hadn't known what to do--had barked "Millie!" once when she overleaped all the bounds of decorum (but overleaped only in play of course, play)--and had once said, "Millie, stop teasing that boy," but she'd said, "Why not?†   (source)
  • All that we can deduce from the record indicates that in the pursuit of their jobs SS officers, including doctors, were almost monkish in their decorum, sobriety and devotion to the rules.†   (source)
  • Earlier,' Nathan had mentioned getting me a girl at Coney Island, a "hot dish" he knew named Leslie; it was a consolation to be looked forward to, I supposed in the stoic mood of the perpetual runner-up, decorously concealing by means of a languidly arranged hand the gabardine bulge in my, lap.†   (source)
  • Suddenly Piggy was a-bubble with decorous excitement.†   (source)
  • The Mounties smiled, and stood up, and took their leave; they were decorous and reassuring.†   (source)
  • There was an unnamable loneliness to the harp and also a quiet, decorous lust in its accompaniment.†   (source)
  • She feels quick frustration while just then a memory of bygone decorums (bonjour, Cracow!†   (source)
  • It stands in the centre of the table, which is oblong and made of oak; and they sit around it, silent, expectant, decorous and wary, like a jury before the trial.†   (source)
  • Suddenly we discover that sex doesn't have to look like sex: other objects and activities can stand in for sexual organs and sex acts, which is good, since those organs and acts can only be arranged in so many ways and are not inevitably decorous.†   (source)
  • And there is so much time to be endured, time heavy as fried food or thick fog; and then all at once these red events, like explosions, on streets otherwise decorous and matronly and somnambulent.†   (source)
  • I mean —" decorous silence — "I don't know if I ought to tell you this, but an unauthorized party has twice tried to make a large withdrawal on the account."†   (source)
  • He is showing me off, to them, and they understand that, they are decorous enough, they keep their hands to themselves, but they review my breasts, my legs, as if there's no reason why they shouldn't.†   (source)
  • Their bodies are decorous, the contours shrouded in folds of softly draped, impenetrable mineral, but you can tell they're female.†   (source)
  • She wore a decorous black coat and a regular skirt instead of a robe, and a hat that concealed most of her face, but was whispered about all the same.†   (source)
  • Placidity and order and everything in its place, with a decorous and sanctioned violence going on underneath everything, like a heavy, brutal shoe tapping out the rhythm on a carpeted floor.†   (source)
  • Hard to fathom, in my opinion: as carnality goes it's old hat, the foul language nothing you can't hear any day on the street corners, the sex as decorous as fan dancers — whimsical almost, like garter belts.†   (source)
  • The organist twisted and turned on his bench, with his feet flying beneath him as though dancing to rhythms totally unrelated to the decorous thunder of his organ.†   (source)
  • He did not,however, record the numbers of prostitutes that gathered regularly in the gardens, some standing on chairs to attract attention, even as decorous family parties strolled past.†   (source)
  • Above the decorous walking around me, sounds of footsteps leaving the verandas of far-flung buildings and moving toward the walks and over the walks to the asphalt drives lined with whitewashed stones, those cryptic messages for men and women, boys and girls heading quietly toward where the visitors waited, and we moving not in the mood of worship but of judgment; as though even here in the filtering dusk, here beneath the deep indigo sky, here, alive with looping swifts and darting…†   (source)
  • Although they might have let up for a brief time, when I listened once more they were still in action—no riotous sport this go-round, however, and no cries or arias, only the bedsprings making a decorous rhythmical twanging—laconic, measured, almost elderly.†   (source)
  • What she saw even by the decorous standards of Brooklyn College and the forties was hardly shocking, and Sophie was not so much shocked as fiercely agitated, as if the swift and desperate sensuality of the little scene had the power to stir up embers of a fire within her which she thought had been almost forever quelled.†   (source)
  • I swilled at a gulp the larger part of a glass of beer, looking through eyes bleared with frustration down at the sunny pastoral lawns of Flat-bush, the rustling sycamores and maples, decorous streets all gently astir with Sunday-morning motion: shirt-sleeved ball-throwers, churning bicycles, sun-dappled strollers on the walks.†   (source)
  • All the avatars of death were there as I had prefigured them: ambulances, fire engines, emergency vans, police cars with pulsing red lights—these in gross excess of need, as if the poor ramshackle house had harbored some terrible massacre instead of two people who had willed themselves into an almost decorous ending, going off silently to sleep.†   (source)
  • Private policy is public profit Dignity still shall be dressed with decorum.†   (source)
  • The Methodists occupied the middle ground between vulgarity and decorum.†   (source)
  • Eugene looked gratefully, with a second's pride, at its dark decorum, its solid Scotch breeding.†   (source)
  • At this moment, Annie appeared on the walk outside the door, with a face full of grieved decorum.†   (source)
  • "Miss Brown" rocked quietly and decorously by herself.†   (source)
  • Mallinson in a temper presented a child-like spectacle; he was apt to say anything that came into his head, regardless alike of point and decorum.†   (source)
  • Thus, in this respect, the authorities still gave thought to propriety and it was only later that, by the force of things, this last remnant of decorum went by the board, and men and women were flung into the death-pits indiscriminately.†   (source)
  • Lena ate heartily again, with that grave and hearty decorum, almost going to sleep in her plate before she had finished.†   (source)
  • And now, having worked like a field hand, she had to retire decorously when the fun was just beginning.†   (source)
  • Every corner of the ship was thronged; dance music and high, excited chatter, stewards darting everywhere with trays of glasses, the voice of the officer in charge of tombola— "Kelly's eye—number one; legs, eleven; and we'll Shake the Bag"—Mrs. Stuyvesant Oglander in a paper cap, Mr. Kramm and his bandages, the two Japanese decorously throwing paper streamers and hissing like geese.†   (source)
  • Dead with neat stones above them, saying: 'Here lies a soldier of the Confederacy, dead for the Southland' or 'Dulce et decorum est—' or any of the other popular epitaphs.†   (source)
  • Otherwise, some of them would have anticipated Miss Coldfield in this too: in divining that he was saving his clothes, since decorum even if not elegance of appearance would be the only weapon (or rather, ladder) with which he could conduct the last assault upon what Miss Coldfield and perhaps others believed to be respectability—that respectability which, according to General Compson, consisted in Sutpen's secret mind of a great deal more than the mere acquisition of a chatelaine for…†   (source)
  • Willie lifted his two hands out of his lap where they had decorously lain during the previous conversation, and took the bottle between them.†   (source)
  • He watched her eat, again with the tranquil and hearty decorum of last night's supper, though there was now corrupting it a quality of polite and almost finicking restraint.†   (source)
  • Some of the other workers were family men and some were bachelors and they were of different ages and they led a catholic variety of lives, yet on Monday morning they all came to work with a kind of gravity, almost decorum.†   (source)
  • She had been raised in the bedroom of Solange Robillard, Ellen O'Hara's mother, a dainty, cold, high-nosed French-woman, who spared neither her children nor her servants their just punishment for any infringement of decorum.†   (source)
  • So I decorously withdrew my gaze from the pair, and resumed my admiration of the dying day on the other side of the hog lot and the elegiac landscape.†   (source)
  • …even had no word for it in the tongue he knew who had been born and grown up in a padded silken vacuum cell which might have been suspended on a cable a thousand fathoms in the sea, where pigmentation had no more moral value than the silk walls and the scent and the rose-colored candle shades, where the very abstractions which he might have observed—monogamy and fidelity and decorum and gentleness and affection—were as purely rooted in the flesh's offices as the digestive processes.†   (source)
  • …as long as He has, who has looked at as much crude and promiscuous sinning without grace or restraint or decorum as He has had to, to contemplate at last, even though the instances are not one in a thousand thousand, the principles of honor, decorum and gentleness applied to perfectly normal human instinct which you Anglo-Saxons insist upon calling lust and in whose service you revert in sabbaticals to the primordial caverns, the fall from what you call grace fogged and clouded by…†   (source)
  • So when the caravan reached town it had something of that arrogant decorum of a procession behind a catafalque, the sheriffs car in the lead, the other cars honking and blatting behind in the sheriff's and their own compounded dust.†   (source)
  • As she heard her fly up the stairs, two at a time, she paused, hairpin in mid-air, realizing that something must be wrong, for Melanie always moved as decorously as a dowager.†   (source)
  • Quentin seemed to see them, the four of them arranged into the conventional family group of the period, with formal and lifeless decorum, and seen now as the fading and ancient photograph itself would have been seen enlarged and hung on the wall behind and above the voice and of whose presence there the voice's owner was not even aware, as if she (Miss Coldfield) had never seen this room before—a picture, a group which even to Quentin had a quality strange, contradictory and bizarre;…†   (source)
  • Subtly he made them feel there was an order and decorum in death: a ritual of mourning that must be observed.†   (source)
  • He was decorously clad in black, his linen frilly and starched, and his manner was all that custom demanded from an old friend paying a call of sympathy on one bereaved.†   (source)
  • Her sense of decorum grew militant: she attacked Eliza bitterly for keeping certain dubious people in the house.†   (source)
  • In very breathing they draw meat and drink from some beautiful attenuation of unreality in which the shades and shapes of facts—of birth and bereavement, of suffering and bewilderment and despair—move with the substanceless decorum of lawn party charades, perfect in gesture and without significance or any ability to hurt Miss Rosa ordered that one.†   (source)
  • Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori.†   (source)
  • But they had their Christmas, beginning thus with parental advice and continuing through all the acts of contrition, love, and decorum.†   (source)
  • During that time they respected the usage established by the Law, and behaved with general decorum.†   (source)
  • He is at perfect liberty to be thin, but your obesity is contrary to decorum.'†   (source)
  • To be sure, Billy's action was a terrible breach of naval decorum.†   (source)
  • It was decorum for the women to absent themselves while the men reckoned.†   (source)
  • Everything was done most decorously, to the considerable surprise of the intruders.†   (source)
  • He conducts his house without enterprise, but with eminent decorum.†   (source)
  • They were formal housewives, most of them, with a severe sense of decorum.†   (source)
  • , dispersed in Silence, and with great decorum.†   (source)
  • "You are the only one," resumed Gringoire, "who has listened to the piece decorously.†   (source)
  • With the old, he had another part to play, which, when needful, he could sustain with great decorum.†   (source)
  • Because honour, decorum, prudence, nay, interest, forbid it.†   (source)
  • In all points of decorum your conduct must be law to the rest of the party.†   (source)
  • He made a joke or two, and talked just as much as was consistent with due decorum, and began work.†   (source)
  • Suddenly an extraordinary uproar in the passage in open defiance of decorum burst on his ears.†   (source)
  • But afterwards a change came over Anna's face which really was beyond decorum.†   (source)
  • With three other Brahmins he formed in Mohalis a Boston colony which stood for sturdy sweetness and decorously shaded light.†   (source)
  • Miles Hendon forgot all decorum in his delight; and surprised the King and wounded his dignity, by throwing his arms around him and hugging him.†   (source)
  • …through those woods, with dark secrets of pool and cascade; but by the time it reached Lynde's Hollow it was a quiet, well-conducted little stream, for not even a brook could run past Mrs. Rachel Lynde's door without due regard for decency and decorum; it probably was conscious that Mrs. Rachel was sitting at her window, keeping a sharp eye on everything that passed, from brooks and children up, and that if she noticed anything odd or out of place she would never rest until she had…†   (source)
  • It goes without saying that Hans Castorp kept his dignity, preferring to say not a word once his tongue had proved refractory and handling his knife and fork with special decorum.†   (source)
  • A single word had stripped him of his discretion—of that discretion which is more necessary to the decencies of our inner being than clothing is to the decorum of our body.†   (source)
  • She desired children, decorum, an establishment; she desired to avoid waste, she desired to keep up appearances.†   (source)
  • I felt it very improper, for you can't go on for some years teaching etiquette and decorum to other girls without the pedantry of it biting into yourself a bit.†   (source)
  • The sole business of the assistant foreman in charge here, as Gilbert well knew, after maintaining due decorum and order, was to see that this stamping process went uninterruptedly forward.†   (source)
  • But in that decorum he had never been instructed; in consideration of which the Lieutenant would hardly have been so energetic in reproof but for the concluding farewell to the ship.†   (source)
  • Quarrels between husband and wife became more and more frequent, and soon the ease and amenity disappeared and even the decorum was barely maintained.†   (source)
  • Womanly decorum would have suggested Marguerite should return coldness for coldness, and should sweep past him without another word, only with a curt nod of her head: but womanly instinct suggested that she should remain—that keen instinct, which makes a beautiful woman conscious of her powers long to bring to her knees the one man who pays her no homage.†   (source)
  • …above suspicion to act as your chaperone; and even the Times must sometimes thank its stars that new plays are not produced every day, since after each such event its gravity is compromised, its platitude turned to epigram, its portentousness to wit, its propriety to elegance, and even its decorum into naughtiness by criticisms which the traditions of the paper do not allow you to sign at the end, but which you take care to sign with the most extravagant flourishes between the lines.†   (source)
  • With booming decorum he presided at class meetings (indignant meetings to denounce the proposal to let the "aggies" use the North Side Tennis Courts), but in private life he was less decorous.†   (source)
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