Something or someone decorous is polite, proper for the situation, and in good taste.
Several are correct.
I prefer "DECK er us."
Part of speech:
(Adjectives are describing words, like “large” or “late.”
They can be used in two ways:
1. Right before a noun, as in “decorous restraint.”
2. After a linking verb, as in "Their restraint was decorous.”)
decorously, indecorous, indecorously, decorousness/decorum
Yes, "decorous" shares a root with "decorate."
They're both based on a root meaning "an ornament."
Just like you decorate things to make them beautiful and proper,
you stick to decorous behavior to properly fit the situation
and people's expectations.
How to use it:
Talk about decorous behavior, decorous actions, decorous speech, and decorous people and groups (like a decorous club, a decorous class, a decorous company, a decorous institution, etc.) You could have a decorous attitude, a decorous mood or tone, or an entire decorous atmosphere.
Often your most decorous behavior is revealed by what you choose not to do: you might show decorous restraint, maintain a decorous silence, display a decorous sense of self-control, and so on.
More loosely, you might describe things as decorous when they are gentle and unoffensive, as if they're trying to act properly: decorous music, decorous colors, decorous architecture, etc.
Rather than correct them, it seems more decorous to ignore people's misuses of language, especially if the meaning was clear.
I always found the name of our first home builder, "Trophy Homes," to be vaguely indecorous.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You’ll know you understand what "decorous" means when you can explain it without saying "with good manners" or "following social rules."
Think of a time you had to struggle to say something nice or react politely, and fill in the blanks: "When _____, I managed a decorous response: '_____.'"
Example: "When I saw the eye-watering neon green color that they had chosen for their walls, I managed a decorous response: 'Wow, that's unique.'"
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The motto of the Klingon Language Institute: “Language opens worlds.”
1. One opposite of DECOROUS is
2. With a decorous _____, he _____.
A. pounding of the fist .. caught the server's attention
B. wave of the hand .. helped the anxious child find the restroom without having to ask
C. signal to the driver .. rushed forward so as to slide into the taxi before anyone else could
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Today we're checking out the special blend of tact and good taste that "decorous" offers. Could you think of a good figurative opposite for "decorous"? It starts with "g" and has six letters, and it means "tacky in an in-your-face way." I had explained it like this:
"G_____ things often include decorations, colors, events, buildings, and clothing and accessories. Often it's also more abstract things that strike you as g_____, like advertisements, headlines, reality shows on television, statements, somebody's manner of speaking or writing, or even someone's emotions or attitudes."
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