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im·pro·pri·e·ty

 (ĭm′prə-prī′ĭ-tē)
n. pl. im·pro·pri·e·ties
1. The quality or condition of being improper.
2. An improper act.
3. An improper or unacceptable usage in speech or writing.

impropriety

(ˌɪmprəˈpraɪɪtɪ)
n, pl -ties
1. lack of propriety; indecency; indecorum
2. an improper act or use
3. the state of being improper

im•pro•pri•e•ty

(ˌɪm prəˈpraɪ ɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. the quality or condition of being improper.
2. inappropriateness; unsuitableness.
3. unseemliness; indecorousness.
4. an erroneous or unsuitable expression or act.
5. an improper use of language.
[1605–15; < Late Latin]

Propriety/Impropriety

 

See Also: MANNERS

  1. About as risqué as a bed in a hospital —George Jean Nathan
  2. All wrong … like a priest for whom one has a great respect suddenly taking his trousers off in church —Daphne du Maurier
  3. Decorously as an old maid on the way to get her hair dyed blue —A. E. Maxwell
  4. Improper as thumbing your nose at the pope —Anon
  5. Prim as Hippolytus —Stevie Smith
  6. (Girls, at sixteen, for all our strictures, are) proper as Puritans —Phyllis McGinley
  7. Proper like the hostesses in restaurants frequented by women shoppers —Ludwig Bemelmans

Impropriety

 

beyond the pale Beyond the limits of propriety or courtesy; outside the bounds of civilized behavior. The word pale comes from the Latin palus ‘stake’ (cf. palisade), hence an enclosing or confining barrier; limits or boundaries. The phrase originally had a more literal meaning (still sometimes used today) ‘outside an enclosed area’ and by extension, ‘outside one’s jurisdiction or territory.’

cross [someone’s] bows See VEXATION.

do you know Dr. Wright of Norwich? A mildly sarcastic comment made to someone at a dinner party who does not pass the decanter, preventing other guests from helping themselves to wine. The popular story which gives the background for this British expression involves a man known as Dr. Wright of Norwich, a charming guest and gifted conversationalist. Asking a dinner guest, “Do you know Dr. Wright of Norwich?” implies that the person is holding up the decanter, as Dr. Wright was wont to do, but unlike the good Doctor, not compensating for this breach of manners by entertaining the company with enlivening conversation.

gate crasher One who attends a social affair, athletic event, etc., without the proper admission credentials; an uninvited, unwanted guest. This expression has entered into wide use among the youthful, concert-going crowd in reference to their more belligerent peers who sneak or force their ways into crowded rock concerts. The term is literally used for persons who gain entry to an event by actually smashing down barriers. The phrase has been in use for most of this century.

“One-eyed Connolly,” the champion American “gate crasher” (one who gains admittance to big sporting events without payment.) {Daily News, June, 1927)

pigs in clover Well-to-do and supposedly refined people who act in a boorish manner; parvenus. Figuratively, a pig is a person with the characteristics or habits commonly associated with that animal, while in clover implies luxury or wealth; hence the expression. See also in clover, AFFLUENCE.

put one’s foot in one’s mouth To say something inappropriate, gauche, or indiscreet; to commit a verbal faux pas. This expression implies that by saying something out of line, a person has figuratively put his foot in his mouth, an imprudent and untoward activity in any situation. A variation is put one’s foot in it.

I put my foot into it (as we say), for
I was nearly killed. (Frederick Marryat, Peter Simple, 1833)

A related, more contemporary expression is foot-in-mouth disease, a play on hoof-and-mouth disease of cattle, and a jocular reference to an affliction in which a person exhibits a marked tendency to constantly “put his foot in his mouth.”

sail close to the wind To act in a manner that verges on the illegal, immoral, or improper; to say or do something that borders on being in bad taste; to observe the letter but not the spirit of the law. Literally, to sail close to the wind is to head one’s ship into the wind at enough of an angle to keep the sails filled. This is a risky tactic as the ship is in constant danger of being in irons if there is even a slight change in the wind direction. Figuratively, this expression implies that one’s words or actions put him in a precarious position because they are so close to the limits of propriety.

A certain kind of young English gentleman, who has sailed too close to the wind at home, and who comes to the colony to be whitewashed. (Henry Kingsley, The Hilly ars and the Burtons, 1865)

A variation is sail near to the wind.

step on toes To upset, offend, or irritate, especially by encroaching on someone’s territory; to overstep one’s bounds. Literally stepping on someone’s toes is a violation of space or territory. On a figurative level, the “territory” usually refers to one’s area of responsibility or realm of authority. The expression is often said of an upstart who prematurely assumes authority or responsibility delegated to someone else. An OED citation dates the expression from the 14th century, but whether the use was literal or figurative is difficult to determine.

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.impropriety - an improper demeanor
demeanor, demeanour, deportment, behaviour, conduct, behavior - (behavioral attributes) the way a person behaves toward other people
incorrectness - lack of conformity to social expectations
inappropriateness, wrongness - inappropriate conduct
indelicacy - the trait of being indelicate and offensive
indecorousness, indecorum - a lack of decorum
indecency - the quality of being indecent
correctitude, properness, propriety - correct or appropriate behavior
2.impropriety - the condition of being improper
condition, status - a state at a particular time; "a condition (or state) of disrepair"; "the current status of the arms negotiations"
3.impropriety - an indecent or improper act
misbehavior, misbehaviour, misdeed - improper or wicked or immoral behavior
obscenity - an obscene act
4.impropriety - an act of undue intimacyimpropriety - an act of undue intimacy    
misbehavior, misbehaviour, misdeed - improper or wicked or immoral behavior

impropriety

noun (Formal)
1. indecency, vulgarity, immodesty, bad taste, incongruity, unsuitability, indecorum Inviting him up to your hotel room would smack of impropriety.
indecency decency, delicacy, modesty, suitability, propriety, decorum
2. lapse, mistake, slip, blunder, gaffe, bloomer (Brit. informal), faux pas, solecism, gaucherie He resigned amid allegations of financial impropriety.
Quotations
"Impropriety is the soul of wit" [W. Somerset Maugham The Moon and Sixpence]

impropriety

noun
2. An improper act or statement:
Translations
عَدَم لياقَه، عَدَم مُناسَبَه
nevhodnost
uanstændighed
helytelen szóhasználat
ótilhlÿîileiki; dónaskapur
uygunsuzluk

impropriety

[ˌɪmprəˈpraɪətɪ] N [of person, behaviour] (= unseemliness) → incorrección f, falta f de decoro; (= indecency) → indecencia f; [of language] → impropiedad f; (= illicit nature) → deshonestidad f

impropriety

[ˌɪmprəˈpraɪɪti] n
[behaviour] → inconvenance f
the impropriety of publicly reading private letters → l'inconvenance qui consiste à lire en public des lettres d'ordre privé
[expression] → impropriété f

impropriety

nUnschicklichkeit f; (of behaviour etc, language, remark)Ungehörigkeit f; (= indecency: of jokes etc) → Unanständigkeit f; sexual/financial improprietysexuelles/finanzielles Fehlverhalten

impropriety

[ˌɪmprəˈpraɪətɪ] n (frm) (of behaviour) → scorrettezza; (unseemliness, indecency) → sconvenienza; (of expression) → improprietà f inv

improper

(imˈpropə) adjective
(of behaviour etc) not acceptable; indecent; wrong. improper suggestions.
impropriety (imprəˈpraiəti) noun
improper fraction
a fraction which is larger than 1. 7/5 is an improper fraction.
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You can never govern for the many" Labour leader Ed Miliband attacks the Prime Minister, accusing him of favouring the rich "If you go through life being kind, you won't be misunderstood and you won't harm people" Coronation Street star Bill Roache, who denies accusations of sexual improprieties against him
We were not involved in anything, no improprieties at all, at no stage, in anything and we just paid the price, we paid a heavy price.
During her years in university administration she has had to investigate myriad problems, including sexual harassment and financial improprieties.
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This imaginative historical detective novel spans the 1930s and '40s, allowing Collins to incorporate WW II, organized crime, and Hollywood union improprieties in one fell swoop.
Under pointed questioning by Nicola Hanna, one of Dowie's attorneys, Moses - a former reporter at City News Service and the Los Angeles Daily News, as well as a former assistant deputy mayor to Richard Riordan - was asked whether he could have alerted his former colleagues, or his later boss City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo, to any billing improprieties at Fleishman-Hillard.
Food Holdings Ltd, Dairy Holdings Ltd, and Parmalat Capital Finance Ltd--three Cayman Islands companies presently in liquidation, that suffered substantial losses related to the collapse of Parmalat--have sued Parmalat's principal banker and auditors, alleging a myriad of financial improprieties, including fraud, negligent, misrepresentation, and breach of fiduciary duty, reports Caribbean Net News (Nov.
The corporate secretary and vice-president of audit helped us understand risk management, fraud reporting, management's response to reported improprieties, audit committee and overall board oversight activities, and the development of Campbell's annual internal audit plan.
Establish a mechanism for employees to submit anonymous concerns about financial improprieties to audit committees.