Antonyms for decency

Grammar : Noun
Spell : dee-suhn-see
Phonetic Transcription : ˈdi sən si

Definition of decency

Origin :
  • 1560s, "appropriateness," from Latin decentia "comeliness, decency," from decentem "becoming, fitting" (see decent). Meaning "modesty" (i.e. "appropriateness to standards of society") is from 1630s.
  • noun respectable behavior
Example sentences :
  • "Nothing but decency," he answered; and she had her reply ready for that.
  • Extract from : « Alice Adams » by Booth Tarkington
  • Out of decency he turned his back upon him, hurrying his task to an end.
  • Extract from : « Murder Point » by Coningsby Dawson
  • The offender must not be found out; decency, if not morality, must be respected.
  • Extract from : « Laws » by Plato
  • I must have had a glimmer of reason then, a trace of decency and unselfishness.
  • Extract from : « Kent Knowles: Quahaug » by Joseph C. Lincoln
  • What's a parcel of yelling Come-Outers compared to the decency of this town?
  • Extract from : « Keziah Coffin » by Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Ain't one of you cussed swabs got decency enough to fetch me a drink?
  • Extract from : « Keziah Coffin » by Joseph C. Lincoln
  • This late in the season you'd think they'd have the decency to get dressed!
  • Extract from : « The Man from Time » by Frank Belknap Long
  • This is but the Alpha of decency, the first step of progress.
  • Extract from : « Another Sheaf » by John Galsworthy
  • Reardon was calling upon reserves of decency and good feeling.
  • Extract from : « The Prisoner » by Alice Brown
  • Choate, you're about the only hope of tradition and decency here in Addington.
  • Extract from : « The Prisoner » by Alice Brown

Synonyms for decency

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