cultivated taste

See: decorum
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As the nobleman of cultivated taste surrounds himself with whatever conduces to his culture -- genius -- learning -- wit -- books -- paintings -- statuary -- music -- philosophical instruments, and the like; so let the village do -- not stop short at a pedagogue, a parson, a sexton, a parish library, and three selectmen, because our Pilgrim forefathers got through a cold winter once on a bleak rock with these.
Mr Chuckster, being a gentleman of a cultivated taste and refined spirit, was one of that Lodge of Glorious Apollos whereof Mr Swiveller was Perpetual Grand.
She was aware that Clifford, in his youth, had possessed a cultivated taste for music, and a considerable degree of skill in its practice.
There was a look of meanness and shabbiness in the furniture and curtains, and nowhere any sign of luxury or even of a cultivated taste, unless the cheap classics in the book-case were a sign of an effort in that direction.
I assure you, sir, it has given--me--pain--to learn from the housekeeper at Chesney Wold that a gentleman who was in your company in that part of the county, and who would appear to possess a cultivated taste for the fine arts, was likewise deterred by some such cause from examining the family pictures with that leisure, that attention, that care, which he might have desired to bestow upon them and which some of them might possibly have repaid.
Then must it be a cultivated taste," John Harned made answer.
He traced the history of this prejudice from the time when young men of good family, good manners, small brains, and smaller capacity for work, and a cultivated taste in whisky, used to be sent out by their parents.
Cultivated taste helps us make better choices, and turn down what is "distasteful" or "in bad taste.
Photo The Wedgwood Museum/Phil Sayer In 1762, he met Thomas Bentley, a successful merchant with a wide and cultivated taste who had the right social contacts and a knowledge of the arts that gave him an eye for design.
In all these places I hear radios playing but never anything to satisfy the cultivated taste of an adult.
A well-born WASP with top-drawer social connections (to the Roosevelts, no less) and a cultivated taste for fine art, Alsop cut a far more impressive figure than the braying media asses who currently dominate the political scene.
As a merchant with a successful business in Liverpool, Bentley had a wide and cultivated taste.