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impropriety

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noun im·pro·pri·e·ty \ˌim-p(r)ə-ˈprī-ə-tē\

Simple Definition of impropriety

  • : rude or immoral behavior : improper behavior

  • : a rude or improper quality

  • : a wrong or immoral act : an improper act

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of impropriety

plural

improprieties

  1. 1 :  an improper or indecorous act or remark; especially :  an unacceptable use of a word or of language

  2. 2 :  the quality or state of being improper

Examples of impropriety in a sentence

  1. He has a reputation for impropriety.

  2. The judge excused herself from the case to avoid any appearance of impropriety.

  3. She was shocked by the young man's impropriety.

  4. She was shocked by the impropriety of his behavior.

  5. He has been accused of financial improprieties.



Origin and Etymology of impropriety

French or Late Latin; French impropriété, from Late Latin improprietat-, improprietas, from Latin improprius


First Known Use: 1607

Rhymes with impropriety



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