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
Keeping those responsible for counterintelligence in the loop can help avoid the appearance of impropriety.
Less than a year ago, President Dilma Rousseff was impeached and forced out of office in a swirl of claims about financial impropriety.
Meisel dismisses all talk of impropriety, saying that GoTo results are no more misleading than the Yellow Pages.
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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
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