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(Latin: proper, dignified, fitting, seemly; ornament, dignity)

decent, more decent, most decent (adjective forms)
1. Becoming, seemly, fitting, proper: "It was really decent of the couple to help them pick up the clothes that were blown off the line by the strong wind."
2. Conforming to accepted standards of moral behavior: "She 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, 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.

decor (DAY kor), décor (day KOR)
1. Decoration.
2. The decorative scheme of a room, state, set, etc.
decorate, decorates, decorated, decorating (verb forms)
1. To add something to so as to make it more attractive; to adorn;to ornament.
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.

decoration (s), decorations (pl) (noun forms)
1. The act of decorating.
2. Anything used for decorating; an ornament.
3. A medal, badge, or similar token given to honor someone.
decorative (adjective)
1. That which serves to decorate; ornamental.
2. Intended to look attractive rather than to be useful.
decorative arts (pl) (noun)
The arts that are concerned with the production of high-quality objects which are both useful and beautiful: "She was majoring in decorative arts at the vocational institute."
decorativeness (noun)
An appearance that serves to decorate and to make something more attractive: "The decorativeness of the texture and the colors on the surfaces of the small sculptures made them unique and very attractive."
decorator (s), decortors (pl) (noun forms)
1. A person who decorates; specifically, a specialist in interior decoration: "She studied to become a decorator of hotels, as well as, apartment buildings."
2. People who specialize in designing architectural interiors and their furnishings: "These decorators were hired to paint and to wallpaper houses and other buildings."
decoratory (adjective)
A reference to decoration; decorative: "The outside of the building is functional more than decoratory."
decorous, more decorous, most decorous (adjective forms)
1. Characterized by or showing decorum, propriety, good taste, etc.
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."
decorum (s) (noun)
1. Whatever is suitable or proper; propriety; fitness: "Someone who is calm and polite under stress."
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.

dedecorate, dedecorates, dedecorated, dedecorating (verb forms)
1. To disgrace or to dishonor: "He dedecorated himself at the party after drinking too much beer and wine."
2. To disfigure; the opposite of decorating: "They were seen tearing down the Christmas decorations from the tree in front of the city hall."
indecorous (adjective)
Contrary to decorum or propriety of behavior; in bad taste; immodest, indecent: "His indecorous novel was restricted from public library; as well as, schools."
redecorate, redecorates, redecorated, redecorating (verb forms)
1. To decorate (make something look more attractive) again: "They had their apartment redecorated with new colors of wall paper and paint."
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."