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maintain polite or appropriate behavior
Word – decorum
Meaning – polite or appropriate behavior or conduct
Part of Speech – noun
Synonyms – propriety, properness, orderliness, decency, etiquette
Antonyms – rudeness, impoliteness, indecency
1 The teacher asked the class to maintain decorum while she was gone.
2 The rules that a society follows are to maintain decorum but we must realize that as we develop certain rules are needless.
3 A prince of a large state is expected to act with more decorum.
4 The chef of the house was the master of the other servants and would ensure decorum.
5 The people of the tribe were lenient on the tourists who lacked proper decorum.
6 The principal asked the students to maintain decorum in the auditorium while watching the performances.
Under the Lens: Difference between Etiquette, Propriety and Decorum
Although these words are used interchangeable, you can find minute differences in them.
Propriety is associated with proper behavior. It means conformity to established standards of good or proper behavior or manners. It is the most general of the three words.
Etiquette means following the code of conduct followed in any class or community. Like propriety it also refers to good manners like making others feel comfortable in social situations, having a proper behavior etc.
Decorum has more to do with orderliness. It suggests dignified manner of dress, speech, behavior etc.