decorous decorous  /ˈdɛ kə rəs/


  1. (adj) characterized by propriety and dignity and good taste in manners and conduct
  2. (adj) according with custom or propriety

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  • The festive crowd remained decorous till the burlesque show started.


  • Vampire Weekend

    Now, this writer “hated” this band’s previous album; their third release seems to recover nicely, surmounting the “sophomore slump,” (as it’s known in the music world when breakout bands go bust on album No. 2.)  Vampire Weekend flared with the white light of a buzz band comet with its 2008 debut: Decorous, dashing, somewhat droll and all straight-collared stylish; complete with its quirky ...
    on June 19, 2013     Source: Detroit Metro Times


  1. "He was a quiet man, diligent and decorous, yet one who was unexpectedly equal to the swagger and savagery of Homer's 'Iliad' and 'Odyssey' in a way no one had managed before him," Princeton humanities professor and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet...
    on Aug 31, 2006 By: Paul Muldoon Source: Leading The Charge

  2. "The Cuban athletes' preparation has been decorous. The season for those who have competed has been good and in the same way the results," Sotomayor said.
    on May 29, 2008 By: Javier Sotomayor Source: Xinhua

  3. "It's a matter of paring down," Mr. Sylvian said. "You just try to keep the arrangement of the piece sparse and not decorous. There's a freedom or liberation in the eradication of any recognizable form."
    on Sep 11, 2009 By: David Sylvian Source: Wall Street Journal

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