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decorous - vocabulary

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decorous - adjective

Characterized by dignity, good manners, good taste, appropriateness.

Note: Decorum is the noun form.

But, by a curious twist, it is not the leadership that is old and decorous that fetches him [the American], but the leadership that is new and extravagant. He will resist dictation out of the past, but he will follow a new messiah with almost Russian willingness, and into the wildest vagaries of economics, religion, morals and speech. A new fallacy in politics spreads faster in the United States than anywhere else on earth, and so does a new fashion in hats, or a new revelation of God, or a new means of killing time, or a new shibboleth, or metaphor, or piece of slang.

—H. L. Mencken The American Language (1921)

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