Propriety is following what is socially acceptable in speech and behavior. Your little brother might offend your sense of propriety by burping loudly at the dinner table.

Propriety is like the noun form of "proper" and "appropriate." It comes from the same root as the word property, in the sense of "a distinctive character or quality." The opposite of propriety is impropriety, meaning "rude or inappropriate." If you're someone who is overly concerned with propriety, your friends beg you to loosen up now and then.

Definitions of propriety
  1. noun
    correct or appropriate behavior
    synonyms: correctitude, properness
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    improperness, impropriety
    an improper demeanor
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    decorousness, decorum
    propriety in manners and conduct
    appropriateness, rightness
    appropriate conduct; doing the right thing
    the quality of conformity to social expectations
    good form
    behavior that conforms to social conventions of the time
    priggishness, primness
    exaggerated and arrogant properness
    modesty, reserve
    formality and propriety of manner
    grace, seemliness
    a sense of propriety and consideration for others
    the quality of conforming to standards of propriety and morality
    faultlessness, impeccability
    the quality of being without an error or fault
    political correctitude, political correctness
    avoidance of expressions or actions that can be perceived to exclude or marginalize or insult people who are socially disadvantaged or discriminated against
    the trait of behaving with reserve and decorum
    the quality of being becoming
    modestness, modesty
    freedom from vanity or conceit
    type of:
    behavior, behaviour, conduct, demeanor, demeanour, deportment
    (behavioral attributes) the way a person behaves toward other people
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