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decorumnoun 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.