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propriety
used in The Brothers Karamazov

2 uses
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Definition
socially correct or appropriate behavior
  • And though he was told she was an idiot, he pronounced that for a young woman of twenty to wander about in nothing but a smock was a breach of the proprieties, and must not occur again.
    Book 3 — The Sensualists (8% in)
  • Propriety requires you to go to the Father Superior, Pyotr Alexandrovitch, to apologize for the disturbance we've been making...."
    Book 2 — An Unfortunate Gathering (72% in)

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