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indecorous

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

Definition of indecorous

  1. :  not decorous :  conflicting with accepted standards of good conduct or good taste

indecorously adverb
indecorousness noun


Examples of indecorous in a sentence

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



Origin of indecorous

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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