V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: proper behavior that is controlled, calm, and polite
Synonyms: respectability, correctness, etiquette, good manners, proper behavior, modesty
Antonyms: rudeness, bad manners, impoliteness, impertinence, insolence
Tips: Decorum is most often used to describe proper behavior at formal parties and in elegant situations. Decorum refers to showing the proper amount of control and displaying good manners and respectability. You can also use decorum to describe someone who is calm and polite under stress.
Following the rules of decorum, I made sure all my guests were introduced when everyone first arrived to the party. (proper behavior)
In Britain, the rules of decorum require you to introduce Elton John as Sir Elton John, since he has been knighted by the Queen of England. (proper behavior)
The young debutants were expected to behave with proper decorum. (manners, politeness, control)
While on the witness stand, she handled all of the opposing attorney's aggressive questions with remarkable decorum. (control, calm)
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