Meaning of decorous

decorous




Something that is decorous is dignified, proper, and in good taste, like your decorous great-aunt who always wears a dress — even when she’s only headed to the grocery store.

The adjective decorous shares its origins with decoration. Both words come from the Latin word decor, meaning “beauty, elegance, charm, grace, ornament.” So, something decorous is attractive. Decorous can also mean “dignified or proper,” like your decorous habit of saying, “How do you do?” when you meet someone for the first time.

Definitions of decorous
  1. adjective

    characterized by propriety and dignity and good taste in manners and conduct

    “the tete-a-tete was
    decorous in the extreme”
    Synonyms:

    in good taste

    satisfying generally accepted social or esthetic standards
    sedate, staid

    characterized by dignity and propriety
    proper

    marked by suitability or rightness or appropriateness
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    Antonyms:

    indecorous, indelicate

    lacking propriety and good taste in manners and conduct
    indecent

    offensive to good taste especially in sexual matters
    improper

    not suitable or right or appropriate
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  2. adjective

    according with custom or propriety

    synonyms:

    becoming, comely, comme il faut, decent, seemly

    proper

    marked by suitability or rightness or appropriateness

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