from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The quality or condition of being indelicate.
  • n. Something indelicate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The condition of being indelicate
  • n. An indelicate act or statement

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality of being indelicate; lack of delicacy, or of a nice sense of, or regard for, purity, propriety, or refinement in manners, language, etc.; rudeness; coarseness; also, that which is offensive to refined taste or purity of mind.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The character or quality of being indelicate; want of delicacy; coarseness of manners or language; offensiveness to modesty or refined taste.
  • n. Synonyms Indecency, etc. (see indecorum), grossness, vulgarity.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an impolite act or expression
  • n. the trait of being indelicate and offensive


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  • That dances having the character of religious rites were not always free from an element that we would term indelicacy, but which their performers and witnesses probably considered the commendable exuberance of zeal and devotion, is manifest from the following passage of

    The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce, Volume 8 Epigrams, On With the Dance, Negligible Tales

  • Without the rippling brilliancy of _The Rivals, The School for Scandal_ is better sustained in scene and colloquy; and in spite of some indelicacy, which is due to the age, the moral lesson is far more valuable.

    English Literature, Considered as an Interpreter of English History Designed as a Manual of Instruction

  • He had a sort of enamel of good humour which showed that his indelicacy was his profession; and he asked for revelations of the _vie intime_ of his victims with the bland confidence of a fashionable physician inquiring about symptoms.

    The Bostonians, Vol. I (of II)

  • This flirtation between Baron Reischach and Princess Victoria formed the theme of quite a number of the anonymous letters, in which the princess was charged with every kind of indelicacy, while the unfortunate baron was ridiculed in connection with the modernity of his nobility.

    The Secret Memoirs of the Courts of Europe

  • English literature's debt to, 98; his "indelicacy," 99; irrelevancy, 99;

    Some Diversions of a Man of Letters

  • M. and Madame des Vanneaulx, who had accused the murderer of "indelicacy," changed their opinion entirely when he made this restitution.

    Repertory of the Comedie Humaine Part 2

  • Morris was not above such indelicacy himself, however.

    Robert Morris

  • In a move that demonstrated either startling indelicacy or the full measure of his pique, he wrote in July to Esther Reed to suggest that she deposit in the bank the proceeds of her fund-raising.

    Robert Morris

  • It is the rare utterance that goes by without some similar indelicacy.


  • Seems to me its not healty to be too easily, too highly offended when no real serious offense, merely verbal indelicacy indicating intellectual sloppiness is being demonstrated.

    Coming Soon-- Riots in America?


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