indelicate


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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.

indelicate

(ɪnˈdɛlɪkɪt)
adj
1. coarse, crude, or rough
2. offensive, embarrassing, or tasteless
inˈdelicacy, inˈdelicateness n
inˈdelicately adv

in•del•i•cate

(ɪnˈdɛl ɪ kɪt)

adj.
1. rather offensive to propriety or decency; improper: indelicate language.
2. lacking sensitivity; tactless.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.indelicate - in violation of good taste even verging on the indecent; "an indelicate remark"; "an off-color joke"
tasteless - lacking aesthetic or social taste
2.indelicate - lacking propriety and good taste in manners and conduct; "indecorous behavior"
indecent - offensive to good taste especially in sexual matters; "an earthy but not indecent story"; "an indecent gesture"
improper - not suitable or right or appropriate; "slightly improper to dine alone with a married man"; "improper medication"; "improper attire for the golf course"
3.indelicate - verging on the indecent; "an indelicate proposition"
indecent - offensive to good taste especially in sexual matters; "an earthy but not indecent story"; "an indecent gesture"

indelicate

indelicate

adjective
1. Not in keeping with conventional mores:
Idiom: out of line.
3. Lacking sensitivity and skill in dealing with others:
Translations

indelicate

[ɪnˈdelɪkɪt] ADJ (= tactless) → indiscreto, falto de tacto; (= crude) → indelicado

indelicate

[ɪnˈdɛlɪkət] adj
(= tactless) → qui manque de tact
to be indelicate to do sth → être indélicat de faire qch
(= not polite) → inconvenant(e)

indelicate

adj persontaktlos; act, remark alsoungehörig; subjectpeinlich; (= crude)geschmacklos

indelicate

[ɪnˈdɛlɪkɪt] adj (tactless) → indelicato/a, privo/a di tatto; (not polite) → indelicato/a
References in classic literature ?
However, to the uncon- sciously indelicate all things are delicate.
A painting in the dining-hall verged upon the indelicate-- but then the Margravine was herself a trifle indelicate.
I like to look at a Russian or a German or an Italian - I even like to look at a Frenchman if I ever have the luck to catch him engaged in anything that ain't indelicate - but LOOKING don't cure the hunger - what you want is talk.
em putt'n dey han's up 'fo' dey eyes en sayin' to David and Goliah en dem yuther prophets, 'Dat chile is dress' to indelicate fo' dis place.
Silvery-headed age and sprightly youth, maids and matrons, had to undergo the same indelicate inspection.
How inconsiderate, how indelicate, how irrational, how unfeeling had been her conduct
If the question is not indelicate, may I ask what the present state of your knowledge is on the subject of your wife's neck?
He who, she had been persuaded, would avoid her as his greatest enemy, seemed, on this accidental meeting, most eager to preserve the acquaintance, and without any indelicate display of regard, or any peculiarity of manner, where their two selves only were concerned, was soliciting the good opinion of her friends, and bent on making her known to his sister.
If it be not an indelicate question," resumed D'Artagnan, "have you grown rich?
This, thought Julia, she never could do; it would be unjust to me, and indelicate in her.
Jealousy would be too strong, perhaps too indelicate a word, but she alone had detected Betts Shoreham's admiration of the governess; and it was painful to her to permit one who stood in this relation to her own weakness in favor of the young man, to be a witness of an act of extravagance to which she had only half consented in committing it, and of which she already more than half repented.
It had occurred to him that it was perhaps indelicate to insist.