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propriety
used in Moby Dick

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Definition
socially correct or appropriate behavior
  • If you have never seen that sight, then suspend your decision about the propriety of devil-worship, and the expediency of conciliating the devil.
    Chapters 64-66 -- Stubb's Supper; The Whale as a Dish; The Shark Massacre (26% in)
  • What under the heavens he did it for, I cannot tell, but his next movement was to crush himself—boots in hand, and hat on—under the bed; when, from sundry violent gaspings and strainings, I inferred he was hard at work booting himself; though by no law of propriety that I ever heard of, is any man required to be private when putting on his boots.
    Chapters 4-6 -- The Counter-Pane; Breakfast; The Street (37% in)

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