decorum

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See also: décorum

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin decōrum, neuter form of decōrus (proper, decent).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /dɪˈkɔːɹəm/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɔːɹəm
  • Hyphenation: de‧co‧rum

Noun[edit]

decorum (countable and uncountable, plural decorums)

  1. (uncountable) Appropriate social behavior.
    Synonyms: decency, courtesy, propriety, etiquette
    • 2010, Pseudonymous Bosch (pseudonym; Raphael Simon), This Isn't What It Looks Like, ch. 4
      It was sort of a finishing school. You know, to teach proper social decorum and so on and so forth.
    • 2020 September 29, Jonathan Martin; Alexander Burns, “With Cross Talk, Lies and Mockery, Trump Tramples Decorum in Debate With Biden”, in New York Times[1]:
      Mr. Trump’s volcanic performance appeared to be the gambit of a president seeking to tarnish his opponent by any means available, unbounded by norms of accuracy and decorum and unguided by a calculated sense of how to sway the electorate or assuage voters’ reservations about his leadership.
  2. (countable) A convention of social behavior.

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Latin[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Noun use of the neuter form of decōrus (becoming, fitting, proper).

Noun[edit]

decōrum n (genitive decōrī); second declension

  1. seemliness, propriety
Declension[edit]

Second-declension noun (neuter).

Case Singular Plural
Nominative decōrum decōra
Genitive decōrī decōrōrum
Dative decōrō decōrīs
Accusative decōrum decōra
Ablative decōrō decōrīs
Vocative decōrum decōra
Descendants[edit]
  • Catalan: decor
  • English: decorum
  • French: décorum
  • Galician: decoro
  • Italian: decoro
  • Occitan: decòr
  • Piedmontese: decòr
  • Portuguese: decoro
  • Spanish: decoro

References[edit]

  • decorum in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • decorum in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette

Etymology 2[edit]

See the etymology of the corresponding lemma form.

Adjective[edit]

decōrum

  1. nominative neuter singular of decōrus
  2. accusative masculine singular of decōrus
  3. accusative neuter singular of decōrus
  4. vocative neuter singular of decōrus

Noun[edit]

decōrum

  1. genitive plural of decor