indecency

noun
in·​de·​cen·​cy | \ (ˌ)in-ˈdē-sᵊn(t)-sē How to pronounce indecency (audio) \

Definition of indecency

1 : the quality or state of being indecent
2 : something (such as a word or action) that is indecent

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Examples of indecency in a Sentence

The book has been criticized for indecency. I was shocked by the indecency of their language. He was accused of sexual indecencies.
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Recent Examples on the Web He was told to report to court Nov. 30 for the January public indecency charge. oregonlive, "Stalker terrifies Portland neighborhoods," 6 Dec. 2020 Howard and his friends learned through public records that the man had a warrant out for his arrest for failing to appear in court on a public indecency allegation brought in January. oregonlive, "Stalker terrifies Portland neighborhoods," 6 Dec. 2020 Manuel La Rosa-Lopez had been facing five charges of indecency with a child. Washington Post, "National Digest: Rapper Lil Wayne faces federal gun charge," 17 Nov. 2020 Case in point: Just a few months before, CES had honored the Osé with an innovation award in its Robotics and Drones category, only to rescind the prize on account of its indecency. Lux Alptraum, Wired, "One Woman’s High-Touch Bid to Upend the Sex-Toy Industry," 16 Oct. 2020 He was arrested and charged with abusing harmful intoxicants, public indecency and resisting arrest. Cheryl Higley, cleveland, "Flasher makes a scene on Jaycox: North Ridgeville police blotter," 28 Sep. 2020 Irreverent indecency is a hallmark of the avant-garde. Manuel Mendoza, Dallas News, "Who’s Zoomin’ who? Profane puppets gab and sing in Ochre House’s new virtual production," 11 Sep. 2020 Orlando Fonesca Rodriguez, 48, is charged with three counts of public indecency and 10 counts of disseminating material harmful to juveniles, according to court records. Madeline Mitchell, The Enquirer, "Prosecutor: Anderson Township man showed porn to children, exposed himself in front of them," 29 Aug. 2020 Police arrested the woman for disorderly conduct while intoxicated and public indecency. Bruce Geiselman, cleveland, "Woman accused of intoxication, public indecency: North Olmsted Police Blotter," 15 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of indecency

1589, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of indecency was in 1589

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Cite this Entry

“Indecency.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/indecency. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for indecency

indecency

noun
How to pronounce indecency (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of indecency

: a morally or sexually offensive quality : an indecent quality
: behavior that is morally or sexually offensive : indecent behavior

indecency

noun
in·​de·​cen·​cy | \ in-ˈdē-sᵊn-sē How to pronounce indecency (audio) \
plural indecencies

Kids Definition of indecency

1 : offensive quality : lack of decency
2 : an act or word that is offensive

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