adjective in·de·co·rous \(ˌ)in-ˈde-k(ə-)rəs; ˌin-di-ˈkr-əs\

Definition of INDECOROUS

:  not decorous :  conflicting with accepted standards of good conduct or good taste
in·de·co·rous·ly adverb
in·de·co·rous·ness noun

Examples of INDECOROUS

  1. <an indecorous joke for a solemn moment in the marriage ceremony>


Latin indecorus, from in- + decorus decorous
First Known Use: 1668

Synonym Discussion of INDECOROUS

indecorous, improper, unseemly, unbecoming, indelicate mean not conforming to what is accepted as right, fitting, or in good taste. indecorous suggests a violation of accepted standards of good manners <indecorous behavior>. improper applies to a broader range of transgressions of rules not only of social behavior but of ethical practice or logical procedure or prescribed method <improper use of campaign contributions>. unseemly adds a suggestion of special inappropriateness to a situation or an offensiveness to good taste <remarried with unseemly haste>. unbecoming suggests behavior or language that does not suit one's character or status <conduct unbecoming to an officer>. indelicate implies a lack of modesty or of tact or of refined perception of feeling <indelicate expressions for bodily functions>.


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