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decorum

noun act demanded by social custom, amenability, amenableness, amenities, appropriate behavvor, appropriateness, best behavior, best of taste, civility, civilized behavior, code of what is fitting, conduct, conformity, consideration, convenance, convention, conventionality, conventions, conventions of society, correctness, courtesy, cultivated taste, custom, decencies, decorousness, decorum, delicacy, demeanor, diccates of society, dignity, discrimination, etiquette, fastidiousness, fittingness, form, formalities, formality, gentlemanliness, good form, good manners, good taste, goodness, grace, mannerliness, manners, modesty, mores, natural courtesy, nice appreciation, nicety, point of etiquette, poise, polish, polished manners, politeness, prescribed code of conduct, proper thing to do, properness, propriety, protocol, punctilio, punctiliousness, refined manners, refined taste, refinement, requirement of polite society, respect, respectability, respectful deporttent, right note, right thing to do, rules of conduct, seemliness, social code, social conduct, social graces, social procedures, social usage, standard, suitability, tact, tastefulness, that which is proper
See also: behavior, deportment, formality, manner, presence, propriety, protocol

DECORUM. Proper behaviour; good order.
     2. Decorum is requisite in public places, in order to permit all persons to enjoy their rights; for example, decorum is indispensable in church, to enable those assembled, to worship. If, therefore, a person were to disturb the congregation, it would be lawful to put him out. The same might be done in case of a funeral. 1 Mod. 168; 1 Lev. 196 2 Kebl. 124. But a request to desist should be first made, unless, indeed," when the necessity of the case would render such precaution impossible. In using force to restore order and decorum, care must be taken to use no more than is necessary; for any excess will render the party using it guilty of an assault and battery. Vide Battery.

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Given the fine interplay between the play's representation of cultural decorums and their excess, such serio-comic resolutions may have been more open to negotiation than we might suppose, particularly through the play's reconstruction of possibilities for cultural and material exchange.
However, our sympathy for Sir Martin may be tinged with contempt: his behavior does more to undermine than to underscore the heroic decorums associated with rank and honor.
394-97) In both of Philocles' utopian visions, he represses problems of sexual, social, and political difference by identifying and merging himself with the supreme emblem of social decorum and political law: the monarch.
The play's closing scenes preserve social decorum and protect the political order, but the would-be lovers in the heroic plot remain troubled and frustrated.
Unlike the heroic lovers, whose repressions of ideological contradiction and of passion lead to public order and personal frustration, Celadon and Florimell seem to accept decorum and the repression it entails as a basis for comic freedom;(10) each pledges not to enquire too closely into the other's extramarital pleasures:
Sir Martin Mar-all differs from Secret Love in that the ideological pieties of decorum itself are comically subverted, paradoxically undermined in an attempt to regulate and to reposition those who presume too much upon their prerogatives, and to acknowledge those whose relative autonomy and enterprising merit would be dangerous if not incorporated by or reconciled to the process of cultural exchanges governing the articulation of the status quo.
Sir Martin's excessive regard for these proprieties and the privileges they represent enables the audience to appreciate and to accept the distance between the decorum of rank and honor and its practice, made comically visible by the difference between Sir Martin and the other major characters.
As a self-subverting agent of decorum in quest of marriage to the rich heiress, Mistress Millisent, Sir Martin repeatedly spoils Warner's clever plots to fulfill his master's desire.
Wit enables them to mock the forms of decorum while retaining its privileges.
In the relations of Lady Dupe, Mistress Christian, and Lord Dartmouth, the disguises of decorum satisfy desires more restricted and particular: the women's for money and the man's for adultery.
13) By making the consequences for flouting decorum so minimal, Sir Martin Mar-all disguises the social penalties usually placed on such behavior, symbolically representing a society pervaded by compromise, betrayal, and ideological constraints as less confining and even comically open to restructuring via exchanges that move between negotiation and coercion.