breach of decorum

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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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He is at perfect liberty to be thin, but your obesity is contrary to decorum.
Meanwhile the younger generation: Boris, the officer, Anna Mikhaylovna's son; Nicholas, the undergraduate, the count's eldest son; Sonya, the count's fifteen-year-old niece, and little Petya, his youngest boy, had all settled down in the drawing room and were obviously trying to restrain within the bounds of decorum the excitement and mirth that shone in all their faces.
The police listened with perfect resignation and decorum, and politely shifted their ground.
But fortune, who is a tender parent, and often doth more for her favourite offspring than either they deserve or wish, had been so industrious for the captain, that whilst he was laying schemes to execute his purpose, the lady conceived the same desires with himself, and was on her side contriving how to give the captain proper encouragement, without appearing too forward; for she was a strict observer of all rules of decorum.
Afterwards he went round to a famous club, of which he had once been made a life member, but towards midnight he was wearied of the dull decorum of his surroundings, and returning to the hotel, sought the restaurant once more.
with other doleful lamentations of that nature, which she delivered with great propriety and decorum.
His proposal of marriage being accepted by the lady, the commissary took his seat behind the proprieties with great decorum, and Mrs General drove until the commissary died.
Glegg had "slept upon it," her anger might be subdued enough to give way to her usually strong sense of family decorum.
By half-past ten decorum demanded the front; until then Mrs.
Glasgow-based Decorum is another store that has designs on lovers this year.
This difference in technical approach was a symptom of something deeper, Caravaggio's desire to tea down the edifice of all the instituted rules of decorum and erudition whose sum, for Poussin, equaled painting itself.
Further, the artist offered a dazzling display of muscular, foreshortened, and animated nudes to appeal to an audience grounded in the theories of decorum and elevated style.
Inventive in concept, prosaic in its reiterations as a clothing standard, dazzling in its transmutations through ordinary and extraordinary textiles, the sari is an ancient device and decorum of Indian dress.
During the course of a life spent on stage, an actor starts out full of brass and quickly learns humility, decorum and proper codes of behavior.
Interpretation of the historical constituted the rhetorical principle of decorum, while that of the textual relied on the philosophical principle of economy.