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
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.
Origin and Etymology of impropriety
French or Late Latin; French impropriété, from Late Latin improprietat-, improprietas, from Latin improprius
First Known Use: 1607
IMPROPRIETY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of impropriety for English Language Learners
: rude or immoral behavior : improper behavior
: a rude or improper quality
: a wrong or immoral act : an improper act
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up impropriety? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).