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propriety
used in Middlemarch

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socially correct or appropriate behavior
  • Mr. Thesiger's manner had so much quiet propriety that objectors could only simmer in silence.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (61% in)
  • Mrs. Lemon herself had always held up Miss Vincy as an example: no pupil, she said, exceeded that young lady for mental acquisition and propriety of speech, while her musical execution was quite exceptional.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (79% in)
  • ...all her yearning to know what was afar from her and to be widely benignant, she had ardor enough for what was near, to have kissed Mr. Casaubon's coat-sleeve, or to have caressed his shoe-latchet, if he would have made any other sign of acceptance than pronouncing her, with his unfailing propriety, to be of a most affectionate and truly feminine nature, indicating at the same time by politely reaching a chair for her that he regarded these manifestations as rather crude and startling.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (74% in)
  • "My love," he said, with irritation reined in by propriety, "you may rely upon me for knowing the times and the seasons, adapted to the different stages of a work which is not to be measured by the facile conjectures of ignorant onlookers.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (77% in)
  • He was too filial to be disrespectful to his father, and he bore the thunder with the certainty that it was transient; but in the mean time it was disagreeable to see his mother cry, and also to be obliged to look sulky instead of having fun; for Fred was so good-tempered that if he looked glum under scolding, it was chiefly for propriety's sake.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (2% in)
  • But Rosamond was not one of those helpless girls who betray themselves unawares, and whose behavior is awkwardly driven by their impulses, instead of being steered by wary grace and propriety.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (44% in)
  • And the deeper he went in domesticity the more did the sense of acquitting himself and acting with propriety predominate over any other satisfaction.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (58% in)
  • It is enough for me to point out to yourself that there are certain social fitnesses and proprieties which should hinder a somewhat near relative of mine from becoming any wise conspicuous in this vicinity in a status not only much beneath my own, but associated at best with the sciolism of literary or political adventurers.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (46% in)
  • And to have entered into the nature of diseases would only have added to his breaches of medical propriety.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (20% in)
  • The question is, whether you don't see with me the propriety of sending young Ladislaw away?"
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (53% in)
  • She carried the leather box containing the amethysts, and a tiny ornamental basket which contained other boxes, and laying them on the chair where she had been sitting, she said, with perfect propriety in her air— "This is all the jewellery you ever gave me.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (61% in)
  • In reality, however, she was intensely aware of Lydgate's voice and movements; and her pretty good-tempered air of unconsciousness was a studied negation by which she satisfied her inward opposition to him without compromise of propriety.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (4% in)
  • I suppose others will find his society too pleasant to care about the propriety of the thing.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (88% in)

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