conventions of society

See: decorum
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His spirit, cramped and outraged by the impassable limitations of human life and by the conventions of society, beat recklessly against them with an impatience fruitless but partly grand.
Monte Cristo bowed without making any answer; he accepted the offer without enthusiasm and without regret, as one of those conventions of society which every gentleman looks upon as a duty.
He has a man of brains to deal with, a man who snaps his big fingers at the laws and conventions of society, when he measures himself with ME.
A man naturally alive to the conventions of society, he was strictly conventional where women were concerned, and especially if the women happened to be in any way connected with him.
In so refusing to obey the conventions of society, he is probably only living up to his name.
In her refusal to bow to the sexual conventions of society she is, many of her fans will argue, the equivalent of a feminist storm-trooper, a freedom fighter battling to end discrimination and to make modern woman the mistress of her own life and sexuality.
From his earlier careers as a rock and roll composer and artist he has been known as a rebellious free spirit, paying little respect to the conventions of society, and even in middle age he has proved just as unconventional.
Toward the end, they regress from humans to apes, leaving the conventions of society behind them before they are killed by a fusillade of gunfire, except for one grieving survivor.
In no place is community policing more critical than in the inner city, where crime and drugs have eroded the conventions of society.