V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: marked by propriety and good taste, especially in dress or behavior

Synonyms: seemly, dignified, appropriate, befitting, correct, decent, proper

Antonyms: indecorous, improper, unseemly, vulgar, inappropriate

Tips: Decorous comes from the Latin word decor, "attractiveness," from which we also get "decoration." Decorous means "respectable" or "with propriety," and also, "showing good taste." The related noun decorum refers to propriety and decency and is another way of saying decorousness, which is also sometimes used.

Usage Examples:

It is important to behave in a decorous manner when being presented to the Queen, unless you don't mind being thrown out by the palace guards. (correct, seemly)

The decorum of our grandparents' courting seems quaint and uptight today. (propriety) noun

The young debutante behaved in a decorous manner in front of her parents, but was a wild girl when she went out with her friends. (dignified, proper)

Although Bill and James didn't like each other, they acted in a polite and decorous manner whenever they worked together. (dignified, decent)

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