What did a country hick know about proprieties anyway?
This honour his official position compelled him, of course, to decline; for he sedulously observed official proprieties, and in no way gave offence to the government to which he was accredited.
Johnson has frequently blamed Shakespeare for neglecting the proprieties of time and place, and for ascribing to one age or nation the manners and opinions of another.
In her view the aim of every religion was merely to preserve certain proprieties while affording satisfaction to human desires.
proprietyy were they less severe on their sinful protagonists, but they could relax literary proprieties too.