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From Latin decōrus (seemly, becoming).



decorous (comparative more decorous, superlative most decorous)

  1. Marked by proper behavior.
    • 1792, Mary Wollstonecraft, chapter V, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, 3rd edition, London: J. Jonson, published 1796, section III, pages 219–220:
      The narrow path of truth and virtue inclines neither to the right nor left—it is a ſtraightforward buſineſs, and they who are earneſtly purſuing their road, may bound over many decorous prejudices, without leaving modeſty behind.
    • 1848, William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair, Chapter 61,[1]
      There came a day when the round of decorous pleasures and solemn gaieties in which Mr. Jos Sedley’s family indulged was interrupted by an event which happens in most houses.
    • 1919, W. Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence, chapter 43
      But who can fathom the subtleties of the human heart? Certainly not those who expect from it only decorous sentiments and normal emotions.
    • 1936, Margaret Mitchell, Gone with the Wind, Part One, Chapter 1[2]
      The green eyes in the carefully sweet face were turbulent, willful, lusty with life, distinctly at variance with her decorous demeanor.

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