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[from the Latin decorus, ‘seemly’] Originally a literary term, it is first used in relation to the visual arts in the Renaissance in the writings of Leonardo da Vinci. According ...

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2010
Subject:
Art & Architecture
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96 words

... [from the Latin decorus , ‘seemly’] Originally a literary term, it is first used in relation to the visual arts in the Renaissance in the writings of Leonardo da Vinci. According to Leonardo's theory of Decorum, the gestures which a figure makes must not only demonstrate feelings, but must be appropriate to age, rank, and position. So must also be dress, the setting in which the subject moves, and all the other details of the composition. Such thinking greatly influenced academic art, in particular history painting , from the Renaissance through to...

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The Oxford Companion to Western Art

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2003
Subject:
Art & Architecture
Length:
523 words

...Neoclassical literary theory the demands of decorum were often applied so as to bolster a rigid and unimaginative insistence on the segregation of literary types with strict rules for each. Although it was elaborated primarily in the field of literary theory, the idea of decorum also influenced theories of art and assumed considerable importance in the teachings of the 17th-century academies . There it was essentially a social idea of what was ‘fitting’, for example, to a nobleman or a peasant, and a breach of decorum in a painting was thought by academic...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms (4 ed.)

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2015

... [ di- kor -ŭm ] A standard of appropriateness by which certain styles, characters, forms, and actions in literary works are deemed suitable to one another within a hierarchical model of culture bound by class distinctions. Derived from Horace ’s Ars Poetica ( c .20 bce ) and other works of classical criticism, decorum was a major principle of late Renaissance taste and of neoclassicism . It ranked and fixed the various literary genres in ‘high’, ‘middle’, and ‘low’ stations, and expected the style, characters, and actions in each to conform to...

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Encyclopedia of Rhetoric

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2006
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Language reference, Linguistics
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7,124 words
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...into received roles, and decorum becomes the aesthetic sense by which one masters this process. Latin usage included decorum (from decet , it is fitting, and also resonant with decorare , to adorn), along with aptus , congruens , accommodatus , and so forth. Decorum was a preoccupation of classical authors, any of whom could have understood Cicero's remark that “In an oration, as in life, nothing is harder than to determine what is appropriate” ( Orator 70). It is difficult for modern thinkers to imagine how decorum could sustain so much...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Christian Art and Architecture (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2013
Subject:
Art & Architecture, Religion
Length:
561 words

... The idea that the figures, gestures, dress, and surroundings should be appropriate to the subject-matter, especially in religious art. In the Counter-Reformation period this was extended to cover the proposition that what might be appropriate in an allegorical ceiling for a palace (e.g. female nudes) would not be proper in an altarpiece. At its final session in 1563 the Council of Trent passed a decree on music and images, stating that musical settings were not to be so elaborate that the words could not be clearly heard and understood, and...

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W. D. Howarth

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance

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Current Version:
2005
Subject:
Performing arts, Theatre
Length:
346 words

... The bienséances , an unwritten code of what was fitting or not fitting to be shown on stage, no less powerful than the doctrine of the unities in determining the character of French neoclassical drama. While the notion of vraisemblance (probability) concerned the representation of customs and events according to ideas generally held about life at the time and place where the action of a play was set, bienséance controlled the adaptation of such historical material to the moral ideas—the taste and prejudices—of a modern audience . A significant...

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W. Trimpi and F. L. Blumberg

The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics (4 ed.)

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Current Version:
2017
Subject:
Literature, Literary studies - poetry and poets
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1,209 words

... (1970) ; T. McAlindon , Shakespeare and Decorum (1973); Murphy; W. Edinger , Samuel Johnson and Poetic Style (1977)—18th-c. background ; W. Trimpi , Muses of One Mind (1983)—see index ; K. Eden , Poetic and Legal Fiction in the Aristotelian Tradition (1986) ; J. Mueller , “The Mastery of Decorum: Politics as Poetry in Milton’s Sonnets,” CritI 3 (1987) ; T. Krier , Gazing on Secret Sights: Spenser, Classical Imitation and the Decorum of Vision (1990), chs. 3–5 ; S. D. Troyan , Textual Decorum: A Rhetoric of Attitudes in Medieval...

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The Oxford Guide to the United States Government

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Current Version:
2002
Subject:
Social sciences, Politics
Length:
281 words

..., congressional Members of Congress use extremely polite, old-fashioned language and decorum (or etiquette) during their debates. Officially, members do not even address each other but speak always to the presiding officer: “Mr. President” in the Senate or “Mr. Speaker” in the House. They call other members by title rather than by name. References to “my esteemed colleague,” “the very able senior senator from …,” and “the distinguished representative from …” litter the Congressional Record. House and Senate rules prohibit any speaker from questioning...

Contra bonos mores (et decorum)

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Guide to Latin in International Law

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Current Version:
2011
Subject:
Law, International Law
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154 words

...bonos mores (et decorum) kōn´tra bō´nōs mō´rās (āt dākō´rūm) . kan´tru bō´nōs mō´rēz- or -mōrz (et dekō´rum). adj. or adv. “Against good (and right) practices.” (1) Immoral. (2) Inequitable. (3) Inconsistent with or contrary to preferred or sound practices, customs, public policy, or notions of equity. A court may refuse to enforce a foreign judgment if the law on which the judgment was based is considered contra bonos mores . E.g. , “The law of that place [where two persons were married and that is the domicile of each] will therefore...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Original Shakespearean Pronunciation

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2016

...decorum n = sp decorum 2 , de-corum 1 ...

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New Oxford Rhyming Dictionary (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2013
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159 words

... • minimum • maximum • optimum • chrysanthemum , helianthemum • cardamom • Pergamum • sesamum • per annum • magnum • damnum • Arnhem , Barnum • envenom , venom • interregnum • Cheltenham • arcanum • duodenum , plenum • platinum • antirrhinum • Bonham • summum bonum • Puttnam • ladanum • molybdenum • laudanum • origanum , polygonum • organum • tympanum • laburnum , sternum • gingham • Gillingham • Birmingham • Cunningham • Walsingham • Nottingham • wampum • carom • Abram • panjandrum • tantrum • angstrom • alarum • candelabrum • ...

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The Oxford Essential Dictionary of Foreign Terms in English

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Current Version:
2002
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Language reference
Length:
48 words

... noun M16 Latin (noun use of neuter singular of decorus seemly). 1 M16 Suitability of artistic or literary style to the subject; congruity, unity. 2 L16 Suitability to the dignity or circumstances of a person or occasion. archaic. 3 L16 Propriety of behavior or demeanor; seemliness;...

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Pocket Oxford Italian Dictionary: English-Italian (4 ed.)

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Bilingual Dictionary
Current Version:
2012
Subject:
Bilingual dictionaries
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5 words
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Pocket Oxford Latin Dictionary: English-Latin (3 ed.)

Reference type:
Bilingual Dictionary
Current Version:
2012
Subject:
Bilingual dictionaries, Classical studies
Length:
6 words
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Pocket Oxford Spanish Dictionary: English-Spanish (4 ed.)

Reference type:
Bilingual Dictionary
Current Version:
2012
Subject:
Bilingual dictionaries
Length:
6 words
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Pocket Oxford German Dictionary: English German (4 ed.)

Reference type:
Bilingual Dictionary
Current Version:
2012
Subject:
Bilingual dictionaries
Length:
6 words
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Oxford Paperback Thesaurus (4 ed.)

Reference type:
English Dictionary
Current Version:
2012
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
48 words
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New Oxford American Dictionary (3 ed.)

Reference type:
English Dictionary
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
91 words
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Oxford Dictionary of English (3 ed.)

Reference type:
English Dictionary
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
96 words
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Pocket Oxford American Thesaurus (2 ed.)

Reference type:
English Dictionary
Current Version:
2012
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
51 words

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