im·​pro·​pri·​e·​ty | \ ˌim-p(r)ə-ˈprī-ə-tē How to pronounce impropriety (audio) \
plural improprieties

Definition of impropriety

1 : an improper or indecorous act or remark especially : an unacceptable use of a word or of language
2 : the quality or state of being improper

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Examples of impropriety in a Sentence

He has a reputation for impropriety. The judge excused herself from the case to avoid any appearance of impropriety. She was shocked by the young man's impropriety. She was shocked by the impropriety of his behavior. He has been accused of financial improprieties.
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However, it was announced last week that the county’s district attorney has commenced an investigation into allegations of harassment and financial improprieties. John Horgan, The Mercury News, "Horgan: A cosmetics conundrum: a stranger in a strange land," 28 Aug. 2019 State lawmakers on Tuesday opened an investigation into the finances and operations of the troubled Connecticut Port Authority that was roiled this summer by two high-level resignations over financial improprieties. Stephen Singer,, "State lawmakers open probe of troubled Connecticut Port Authority, focusing on reports of mismanagement of finances and operations," 20 Aug. 2019 Brett Voris helped two colleagues launch three real estate startups in 2005-06, then was fired in 2007 after accusing the pair of financial improprieties. Bob Egelko,, "Employee can’t file property-theft suit for lost wages, Calif. Supreme Court rules," 16 Aug. 2019 The next mayor will be called on to restore confidence in a political system rattled by the resignation of Pugh, the second mayor in a decade to quit amid questions about financial improprieties. Ian Duncan,, "These potential Baltimore mayoral candidates are sizing up their chances behind the scenes," 26 July 2019 The decision comes amid a corruption controversy in which CAF president Ahmad Ahmad was arrested in Paris on charges of financial impropriety. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "FIFA is taking over African soccer amid corruption charges at CAF," 20 June 2019 Minister of Finance Samuel Tweah has said the president, who came to office worth nearly $90 million as a soccer player, has been using his own money on the projects and rejected allegations of financial improprieties. Jonathan Paye-layleh, The Seattle Times, "Liberia’s footballer president Weah marks year in office," 22 Jan. 2019 Twenty-three members of the House have been censured for various forms of misconduct, including for using insulting language on the floor, assaulting other members and financial improprieties. Natalie Andrews, WSJ, "House GOP Removes Steve King From Panels Following Comments on White Supremacy," 14 Jan. 2019 Francis has stood by Maradiaga's assertion of innocence on the financial improprieties charges. Nicole Winfield, Fox News, "Pope removes Honduran bishop accused of sexual misdeeds," 20 July 2018

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First Known Use of impropriety

1607, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for impropriety

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

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English Language Learners Definition of impropriety

: rude or immoral behavior : improper behavior
: a rude or improper quality
: a wrong or immoral act : an improper act

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