indelicacy


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in·del·i·cate

 (ĭn-dĕl′ĭ-kĭt)
adj.
1. Slightly at odds with established standards of propriety; somewhat improper, offensive, or coarse: an indelicate joke. See Synonyms at unseemly.
2. Lacking in consideration for the feelings of others; tactless.

in·del′i·ca·cy (ĭ-kə-sē) n.
in·del′i·cate·ly adv.
in·del′i·cate·ness n.

in•del•i•ca•cy

(ɪnˈdɛl ɪ kə si)

n., pl. -cies.
1. the quality or state of being indelicate.
2. something indelicate.
[1705–15]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.indelicacy - the trait of being indelicate and offensive
improperness, impropriety - an improper demeanor
gaminess, raciness, ribaldry, spiciness - behavior or language bordering on indelicacy
2.indelicacy - an impolite act or expression
offense, offensive activity, discourtesy, offence - a lack of politeness; a failure to show regard for others; wounding the feelings or others

indelicacy

noun
An improper act or statement:
Translations

indelicacy

[ɪnˈdelɪkəsɪ] Nindecoro m, falta f de decoro

indelicacy

nTaktlosigkeit f, → Ungehörigkeit f; (of person)Mangel man Feingefühl, Taktlosigkeit f; (= crudity)Geschmacklosigkeit f

indelicacy

[ɪnˈdɛlɪkəsɪ] n (lack of tact) → indelicatezza, mancanza di tatto; (impoliteness) → indelicatezza
References in classic literature ?
No one could dispute her right to come; the house was her husband's from the moment of his father's decease; but the indelicacy of her conduct was so much the greater, and to a woman in Mrs.
This note was in the first place a forgery; it was likewise an indelicacy.
But there seems an indelicacy in directing his attentions towards her so soon after this event.
I have not the least objection to his knowing it, on my own account, except from the indelicacy of complimenting a gentleman," said Charlotte, with perfect simplicity; "but whether it would be beneficial to himself or not, you can best judge.
But it was not to be avoided: he made her feel that she was the object of all; though she could not say that it was unpleasantly done, that there was indelicacy or ostentation in his manner; and sometimes, when he talked of William, he was really not unagreeable, and shewed even a warmth of heart which did him credit.
Such an action is not the less shameful on that account," said De Wardes; "and it is quite sufficient for a gentleman to have attained the age of reason, to avoid committing an act of indelicacy.
I have now been but a few months a widow, and, however little indebted to my husband's memory for any happiness derived from him during a union of some years, I cannot forget that the indelicacy of so early a second marriage must subject me to the censure of the world, and incur, what would be still more insupportable, the displeasure of Mr.
I felt I might, without indelicacy, because the evening she dined with us she rather suggested .
Besides insulting Burdovsky with the supposition, made in the presence of witnesses, that he was suffering from the complaint for which he had himself been treated in Switzerland, he reproached himself with the grossest indelicacy in having offered him the ten thousand roubles before everyone.
The barriers today between the smoking room and the drawing room are shadowy things, and she knew very well that he was held in a somewhat curious respect by men, as a person to whom it was impossible to tell a story in which there was any shadow of indelicacy.
With a scarcely conscious rebellion against the indelicacy of the act I remained.
It is a piece of rudeness to stare at anybody, and it is an act of indelicacy to stare at a gentleman.