Adjective "decorous" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


In keeping with good taste and propriety; polite and restrained.
  1. 'We're not just talking about a polite and decorous way to find a New Year's date in a matter of mere weeks.'
  2. 'As she was singing - in a very decorous, quiet manner, in keeping with the Puritan distrust of the secular arts - her mother opened their back door.'
  3. 'My general feelings toward Hollywood have changed dramatically for the better after a decorous Academy Awards presentation last night.'
  4. 'Only after victory does he begin, clearly on the advice of his handlers, to adopt a more decorous manner.'
  5. 'Further in front, children receiving their First Communion displayed a mixture of decorous behaviour and occasional outbursts of cheerful chanting in praise of their hero.'
  6. 'The young woman's acceptance of the cigarette, indoors and among her friends, was a statement of mild daring; during her wedding and the following celebrations, she was suitably decorous.'
  7. '‘It looks like a cowpat,’ said the decorous Englishman who ordered it, ‘but it tastes good.’'
  8. 'Reading this polished and sometimes decorous narrative, it is hard for the modern reader to see why it ever had such an impact.'
  9. 'He then proceeded to eat his dinner using bread and his fingers in a decorous manner, much to my sons' delight and fascination.'
  10. 'Some of the sadhus were distinctly scary - like the Aghoris with their bells and boar tusks and magic mantras, who insulted their amused but decorous Nepalese audience.'



1. characterized by dignified propriety in conduct, manners, appearance, character, etc.

More examples(as adjective)

"ways can be decorous."

"winsomenesses can be decorous."

"visitors can be decorous."

"tunnels can be decorous."

"surfaces can be decorous."

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Mid 17th century (in the sense ‘appropriate, seemly’): from Latin decorus ‘seemly’ + -ous.