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.
Guided in part by the aggressive committee chairman, Republican Devin Nunes (Republican-Tulare), the investigation largely broke down in crude partisan infighting, marking a rare breach of decorum and tradition on a panel that conducts oversight of the nation's intelligence community to prevent government abuses.
Photography and video taken from the House floor is already considered a breach of decorum for representatives, and public broadcasts through C-SPAN have (http://www.
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.
As Stephen Puleo relates in this gripping, richly detailed, and well-written account of nineteenth-century America on the cusp of Civil War, the caning of Charles Sumner was an act of unparalleled brutality, a shocking breach of decorum, and the defining moment when North and South recognized "they could no longer rationally discuss their sharp differences of opinion regarding slavery.
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 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.
At the same time, the English upper crust here behaves as if the last 50 years hadn't happened, so flustered is everyone by even the slightest breach of decorum.
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).
As it continues, Puttenham shows how the man's breach of decorum was corrected and forgiven by the Queen: "Her Maistie laughed as she had bene tickled, and [so did] all the rest of the company[,] although very graciously (as her m anner is) she gaue him great thankes and her hand to kisse" (266).
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.
Perhaps they assumed the black officers would be so pleased by the show of friendship that they would forget the breach of decorum.
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