breach of decorum

breach of decorum

A violation of established social norms or expectations, especially as relates to polite society or specific professions. In an unexpected breach of decorum, she announced her candidacy before the governor officially resigned. Discussing personal problems can sometimes be seen as a breach of decorum in polite company.
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If there were any thing to extenuate this breach of decorum by Maria, it was the manner in which it was effected.
John, who was greatly shocked at this breach of decorum, clapped his finger to his nose, and shook his head in mute remonstrance.
House Republicans are nervous about any breach of decorum.
Totally unfazed by this breach of decorum, Her Majesty inclined her head slightly in acknowledgement and then was gone, through the opposite door--but not before passing the members of staff seated on the front row.
When they neglect to inform the mill boss of their arrival so that they can tell more tales, the tales are then framed with their expressions of worry concerning this breach of decorum.
The chair believes it a breach of decorum of the House,'' replied Taylor.
The chair believes that displaying the pig in front of the honored ranking member of the Commerce Committee is a breach of decorum of the House and would ask that it be removed.
When first encountered decades back, the photographs represented an unthinkable breach of decorum meant to liberate a stunned German bourgeoisie from the hypnotic grasp of the Wirtschaftswunmder.
A short final chapter looks in particular at Guyon's encounter with Amavia in Book Two and at the biblical technique of tapinosis, "a breach of decorum between image and meaning" (174).
We now know that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was alerted to this breach of decorum and lack of judgment on the part of the head of the nation's spooks by a second woman, Jill Kelley, who was a volunteer military liaison and family friend of the Petraeus clan.
Perhaps they assumed the black officers would be so pleased by the show of friendship that they would forget the breach of decorum.
Putting your own voice on the outgoing message, even if it was witty or self-mocking, seemed only to reinforce the breach of decorum.
Reid's call for a Rule 21 closure without consulting Majority Leader Bill Frist was a serious breach of decorum.
But after it became the museum of record, any hiccup or cry of delight began to sound like a breach of decorum.
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