noun SYNONYMY NOTE: decorum implies stiffness or formality in rules of conduct or behavior established as suitable
to the circumstances [levity not in keeping with decorum]; decency implies observance of the requirements of modesty, good taste, etc. [have the decency to thank her]; propriety suggests conformity with conventional standards of proper or correct behavior, manners,
etc. [his offensive language oversteps the bounds of propriety]; dignity, in this connection, implies conduct in keeping with one's position or one's self-respect;
, . etiquette refers to the forms established by convention or prescribed social arbiters for behavior
in polite society 1. propriety and good taste in behavior, dress, etc.
2. an act or requirement of polite behavioroften used in pl.
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