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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.


adv (= tactlessly)taktlos; (= rudely)ungehörig; (= crudely)geschmacklos
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She was as scarlet as if he had put the thing most indelicately.
She put it to herself as indelicately as possible, in the hope that her brain would cry, "Rubbish, you're a self-conscious fool
The mass murder of almost 3,000 Americans was, as Benjamin Netanyahu indelicately put it, "very good" for Israel.
In the past I have described John Ralston Saul as an intellectual fraud and poseur, as a merchant of 'betises,' as a French reviewer once indelicately put it.
119) Socrates hints indelicately at the source of Cephalus' ill-gotten gains when he points out the injustice of returning weapons to a man who "asks for them back when he is out of his mind.
Amjad Iqbal Qureshi, thus, prayed the court to refrain counsel of the petitioner from indelicately using the names of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto and President Asif Ali Zardari as one has embraced martyrdom while the other holds the office of President.
To put the matter indelicately, it is illegal to discriminate against someone because of race, but it isn't illegal to discriminate against someone who is poor.
Yet despite whatever the intelligentsia and Dmitry Medvedev may tell Brzezinski in their private chit-chats, the odds are long against regime change in this "wild country," as Ambassador Michael McFaul indelicately called it.
As for the thesis that democratic countries do not start wars, Riyadh could indelicately point to recent counter-examples.
And sure enough, by the time I came back for a second look, someone had ripped a piece of flagstone out of the walkway and indelicately shoved it over the hole, where it now, more or less, prevented a wholesale flood from each passing storm.
But they inevitably come out--tramping indelicately through woodlands and rooting through soil in search of food; destroying crops, polluting wetlands, imperiling forests, and spreading disease; endangering other species by ravaging their traditional food supplies.