List of 426 Sets of Synonyms - How they Differ - Total of 2307 Words - 144

SYNONYMS: etiquette, propriety, protocol, decorum.
These nouns refer to codes governing correct behavior.

Etiquette and the plural form proprieties denote the forms of conduct prescribed in polite society: Man is a slave to etiquette. Even when she was angry, she observed the proprieties.
Protocol refers to the official etiquette observed in affairs of state: The visiting prime minister, dispensing with protocol, exchanged informal reminiscences with her neighbor at the table. The word now often denotes simply a code of correct conduct: Graduation exercises had to be consistent with academic protocol.
Decorum and the singular form propriety denote conformity with established standards of manners or behavior: You should maintain the proper decorum at all times.

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