(Latin: proper, dignified, fitting, seemly right; suitability)
2. Conforming to accepted standards of moral behavior: Sharon was told that she should do the decent thing and to tell the neighbor what happened to his window.
3. Above average in quality or quantity: The carpenters did more than just a decent job because they did considerably more than was requested and they still charged a decent price.
4. Etymology: the term decent came ultimately from Latin decere, "to be fitting" or "to be suitable"; close relatives of which have produced decorate, dignity, and from Greek orthodox. Its present form of decent was acquired by English, either directly from or via French décent.
2. To plan and arrange the colors, furnishings, etc. of.
3. To paint or wallpaper; so as, to decorate a room.
4. To give a medal or similar token of honor to someone.
5. Etymology: decorate comes from Latin decoratus, the past participle of decorare, "to make beautiful", a verb derived from decus, "ornament".
Its root decor-, also produced the adjective decorus, "beautiful, seemly", from which English gets decorous and via its neuter singular form, decorum.
Décor is a 19th-century borrowing from French, where it was a derivative of the verb décorer.
2. Anything used for decorating; an ornament.
3. A medal, badge, or similar token given to honor someone.
2. Intended to look attractive rather than to be useful.
2. People who specialize in designing architectural interiors and their furnishings: "These decorators were hired to paint and to wallpaper houses and other buildings."
2. Characterized by decorum or outward conformity to the recognized standard of propriety and good taste in manners, behavior, etc.
3. As regards language, exemplifying propriety with the use of diction and grammar: "The teacher was surprised at her most decorous writing content and style."
2. Propriety and good taste in behavior, speech, dress, etc.: "Following the rules of decorum, she made sure that all her guests were introduced as soon as anyone arrived at the party."
3. That which is proper to the circumstances or requirements of a situation: seemliness, propriety, fitness: "The young entertainers were expected to behave with proper decorum on the TV program."
4. Whatever is fitting or proper in behavior or demeanor, what is in accordance with the standard of good breeding; the avoidance of anything unseemly or offensive in manner: "While woman was on the witness stand, she responded to all of the opposing attorney's aggressive questions with remarkable decorum."
Decorum usually describes proper behavior at formal parties and in elegant situations and it refers to showing the proper amount of control and displaying good manners and respectability.
2. To disfigure; the opposite of decorating: "They were seen tearing down the Christmas decorations from the tree in front of the city hall."
2. To confer an award or medal on a member of the military forces: "They were redecorating the soldier for the third time for his outstanding bravery."