The way Conway Morris goes about biting the hand that once fed him would make a shoal of piranha seem decorous.
...one straggles gracelessly through a wilderness of common sense. It is an experience for which the reader of modern criticism is unprepared: in that jungle through which one wanders, with its misshapen and extravagant and cannibalistic growths, bent double with fruit and tentacles, disquieting with their rank eccentric life, one comes surprisingly on something so palely healthy: a decorous plant, without thorns or flowers, rootless in the thin sand of the drawing room.Randall Jarrell
It is of infinite importance to the public that the acts of magistrates should not only be substantially good, but also that they should be decorous.kenyon, lloyd, 1st baron kenyon
A decorous simplicity is the characteristic of the Church of England.
It is of infinite importance to the public that the acts of magistrates should not only be substantially good, but also that they should be decorous.
Conservatism, being an upper-class characteristic, is decorous; and conversely, innovation, being a lower-class phenomenon, is vulgar. ...Innovation is bad form.thorstein veblen