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propriety
used in Oliver Twist

3 uses
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Definition
socially correct or appropriate behavior
  • And all the infant paupers might have chorussed the rejoinder with great propriety, if they had heard it.
    Chapter 17 — Oliver's Destiny Continuing Unpropitious, Brings a Great.... (23% in)
  • Mrs. Corney, with great propriety, turned her head away, and released her hand to get at her pocket-handkerchief; but insensibly replaced it in that of Mr. Bumble.
    Chapter 27 — Atones for the Unpoliteness of a Former Chapter; Which.... (47% in)
  • Mr. Giles was apparently considering the propriety of indulging in a respectful smile himself, when a gig drove up to the garden-gate: out of which there jumped a fat gentleman, who ran straight up to the door: and who, getting quickly into the house by some mysterious process, burst into the room, and nearly overturned Mr. Giles and the breakfast-table together.
    Chapter 29 — Has an Introductory Account of the Inmates of the House.... (40% in)

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