indecent

adjective
in·​de·​cent | \ (ˌ)in-ˈdē-sᵊnt How to pronounce indecent (audio) \

Definition of indecent

: not decent: such as
a : grossly improper or offensive indecent language
b : unseemly, inappropriate he took indecent pleasure in her troubles

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Other Words from indecent

indecently adverb

Examples of indecent in a Sentence

He took indecent pleasure in her troubles. paintings of nude figures are artistic, not indecent
Recent Examples on the Web Haak, who retired shortly after the incident, was charged in April with intentionally committing a lewd, indecent or obscene act in a public place. Fox News, 31 May 2021 Haak was charged in April with intentionally committing a lewd, indecent or obscene act in a public place, a misdemeanor punishable by a maximum of 90 days in jail. Michael Kunzelman, USA TODAY, 29 May 2021 At a Wisconsin sentencing hearing in 2019 for a male soldier charged with indecent conduct with a female colleague, Lt. Col. Scott Southworth, the soldiers’ commanding officer, didn’t mince words. USA Today, 31 Mar. 2021 Pilot Michael Haak is facing the charge of lewd, indecent and obscene exposure of his genitals in a public place in the U.S. District Court of Maryland. Grace Toohey, orlandosentinel.com, 5 Apr. 2021 Childers faces 53 counts of felony secret peeping, 55 counts of felony possession of secret peeping material and nine counts of felony indecent liberties with a minor, investigators announced. Peter Aitken, Fox News, 6 Mar. 2021 At a Wisconsin sentencing hearing in 2019 for a male soldier charged with indecent conduct with a female colleague, Lt. Col. Scott Southworth, the soldiers’ commanding officer, didn’t mince words. USA Today, 31 Mar. 2021 Michael Haak has been charged with committing a lewd indecent act while piloting a flight from Philadelphia to Orlando on Aug. 10, 2020, according to a federal court document obtained by PEOPLE. Harriet Sokmensuer, PEOPLE.com, 5 Apr. 2021 At a Wisconsin sentencing hearing in 2019 for a male soldier charged with indecent conduct with a female colleague, Lt. Col. Scott Southworth, the soldiers’ commanding officer, didn’t mince words. jsonline.com, 17 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of indecent

circa 1587, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for indecent

Middle French or Latin; Middle French indécent, from Latin indecent-, indecens, from in- + decent-, decens decent

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The first known use of indecent was circa 1587

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8 Jun 2021

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“Indecent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/indecent. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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indecent

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of indecent

: sexually offensive or shocking
of clothes : not covering enough of your body
: using language that offends people : including behavior or ideas that people find offensive

indecent

adjective
in·​de·​cent | \ in-ˈdē-sᵊnt How to pronounce indecent (audio) \

Kids Definition of indecent

: not decent : coarse, vulgar

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