impropriety

noun
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 Mears said bringing in an independent prosecutor is important to avoid the appearance of impropriety. Justin L. Mack, The Indianapolis Star, "Dreasjon Reed shooting: Appointment of special prosecutor still pending," 4 June 2020 Often these 10b5-1 plans are placed on auto-pilot to avoid any future appearance of impropriety. Stephen Gandel, CBS News, "Moderna CEO and other execs made millions on vaccine announcement," 22 May 2020 There was news of what appear to be major improprieties: his too-good-to-be-true condo deal from a lobbyist friend, his circumvention of the White House to get two aides substantial pay raises, and his demotion of staff who questioned him. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Scott Pruitt’s ethics scandals aren’t stopping him from gutting the EPA," 6 Apr. 2018 Any suggestion of impropriety with underage minors is categorically untrue. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Prince Andrew’s link to Jeffrey Epstein explained: What does his death mean for the royal?," 12 Aug. 2019 One case, involving alleged financial improprieties by Rep. David Schweikert, R-Ariz. Robert Faturechi, ProPublica, "Members of Congress Have a New Strategy for Ethics Investigations: Stonewalling," 10 Mar. 2020 But the money was delivered and the meeting set only after a whistle-blower had filed a complaint alleging impropriety by the president and lawmakers had opened their own investigation into why the money had been blocked. Maggie Haberman, BostonGlobe.com, "McConnell unveils rules for Trump impeachment trial," 20 Jan. 2020 But the money was delivered and the meeting was set only after a whistle-blower had filed a complaint alleging impropriety by the president and lawmakers had opened their own investigation into why the money had been blocked. Peter Baker, New York Times, "McConnell Pushes to Speed Impeachment Trial as Trump Requests Swift Acquittal," 20 Jan. 2020 Often these plans are placed on auto-pilot to avoid any future appearance of impropriety. Stephen Gandel, CBS News, "NYSE boss sold his own stock ahead of coronavirus market meltdown," 20 Mar. 2020

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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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“Impropriety.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/impropriety. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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impropriety

noun
How to pronounce impropriety (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of impropriety

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

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