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.
Recent Examples of impropriety from the Web
The subsequent investigation and discovery process uncovered other potential sexual improprieties at the school, specifically on NKU's men's basketball team.
Concerns about possible improprieties were raised last fall in letters from Carolyn Walker, senior admissions and records supervisor, to the district’s office of general counsel and Eloy Ortiz Oakley, chancellor of California Community Colleges.
Mickelson isn't perfect, but few seem to care that he has been accused of financial improprieties.
But R. Kelly’s pop genius has become, for me, inextricable from the many allegations of sexual impropriety against him.
But sources close to Comey insist that isn’t true, and that his decision to go into more detail was influenced by his desire to make people believe the process had been fair despite the appearance of impropriety.
Boards must make extra efforts to avoid any hint of impropriety for the good of the community.
Where Sessions looked shabbiest, though, was in his explanations of his reaction to complaints by Comey about Trump’s improprieties.
Richard Painter, a Republican board member of CREW who was an ethics adviser to President George W. Bush, suggested the risk of financial impropriety may be inherent in the Trump Organization’s business model.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'impropriety'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
Origin and Etymology of impropriety
French or Late Latin; French impropriété, from Late Latin improprietat-, improprietas, from Latin improprius
First Known Use: 1607See Words from the same year
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).