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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Recent Examples on the Web After a 10-month investigation, a House ethics committee unanimously charges Wright with 69 counts of financial impropriety. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, 8 June 2021 Twenty years later, allegations of financial impropriety forced his son Richard Roberts, who had taken over from his father as president of the university, into a messy resignation. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 22 Mar. 2021 Mowla also unsuccessfully argued the appearance of impropriety as Hummel’s trial lawyer now works for the Tarrant County criminal district attorney’s office, which convicted him. Dallas News, 1 July 2021 Mowla also unsuccessfully argued the appearance of impropriety as Hummel's trial lawyer now works for the Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney's Office, which convicted him. Juan A. Lozano And Michael Graczyk, Star Tribune, 30 June 2021 In two lawsuits, Republicans alleged that there was impropriety in those ballot counts. Anchorage Daily News, 9 Nov. 2020 In addition, the bill provides $172,000 salaries for the members, raising the specter of impropriety. William Darity, Rolling Stone, 19 June 2021 Hollingsworth said Goss has stayed uninvolved to avoid the appearance of impropriety. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, 16 June 2021 Ethics and good-government advocates have warned that even past ties and financial interests may create the appearance of impropriety in an industry that's so highly regulated by federal guidelines. Soo Rin Kim, ABC News, 30 Apr. 2021

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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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20 Jul 2021

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“Impropriety.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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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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