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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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 As even the bot's creator acknowledges, the problem of how to apply community-decency standards on indecent behavior from world figures with the stature of a US president is a complicated one. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Bot test proves Jack ain’t lying—Twitter treats Trump differently," 3 June 2020 Personal attacks on journalists for sharing facts is obnoxious and indecent. Anthony Leonardi, Washington Examiner, "Jake Tapper blasts Biden campaign official for 'gross' attack on Catherine Herridge," 13 May 2020 The software worked by scanning pages for indecent or obscene words, but only English ones; sites in French often slipped past the blockade. B. Pietras, Longreads, "Secret Museums," 27 Apr. 2020 The next year, Joseph pleaded guilty to a single count of indecent liberties with a child and received 36 months of probation. Tiffany Stanley, Woman's Day, "I Was Sexually Assaulted At Church: How the #ChurchToo Movement Saved Me," 14 Apr. 2020 Mohammed Bin Aamir, 29, of the 6300 block of North Rockwell St., Chicago, was charged with making indecent or lewd acts, language or gestures in the 4900 block of Golf Road on Sept. 16. Brian L. Cox,, "Blotter: Man charged with theft, resisting arrest in Skokie," 24 Sep. 2019 Watch 50 Cent describe Trump's indecent inaugural proposal on The Late Show below. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "50 Cent Says Trump Offered $500,000 to Appear at 2017 Inauguration: 'All Money's Not Good Money'," 20 Feb. 2019 Deputies arrested Brian Anthony Bartlett, 64, on counts of enticing a child for indecent purposes and criminal attempt to commit child molestation, the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release. Mathias Johnson, al, "Watch an Alabama man confront a suspected child molester in Georgia," 15 Feb. 2020 This offence consists of a message sent to another person or via a public communications network that is threatening, obscene or grossly indecent in some way. Jenn Selby,, "What Exactly Constitutes Harassment On Instagram?," 24 Feb. 2020

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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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19 Jun 2020

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“Indecent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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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


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Kids Definition of indecent

: not decent : coarse, vulgar

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