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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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To show this, I will turn to the concept of decorum, as developed in rhetorical theory and criticism.
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Written lay reader-friendly terms, A Women's Guide To Men's Health discusses sensitive sexual subjects with candor and decorum, and is highly recommended.
This book presents a detailed discussion of style, the clothing industry and its technical underpinnings, economic history, social decorum, gender, and changing social customs in Florence from the end of the fourteenth to the sixteenth century.
A mere forty years after publication of his influential and still serviceable Fierce Equation: A Study of Milton's Decorum (1965), Thomas Kranidas has returned to Milton's prose--specifically, Milton's antiprelatical tracts--completing his previous study of decorum by means of its theological mirror-opposite, the so-called "rhetoric of zeal.
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