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

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 McGarity was arrested and charged with committing a lewd, indecent, or obscene act while on an aircraft. Brock Blasdell, The Arizona Republic, 25 May 2022 California’s top military brass has been rocked by homophobia, antisemitism and indecent-exposure scandals. Amy Hubbard, Los Angeles Times, 25 June 2022 The chef, 61, was found not guilty on charges of indecent battery and assault on Tuesday after less than two days of testimonies in Boston Municipal Court. Antonia Debianchi,, 10 May 2022 Decent rapture can’t help but conjure the indecent variety; Millay knew both well. Maggie Doherty, The New Yorker, 9 May 2022 The woman who has accused the celebrity chef Mario Batali of groping her at a Boston bar in April 2017 spent several contentious hours testifying on Monday, the opening day of his criminal trial on charges of indecent battery and assault. New York Times, 9 May 2022 Damian Patrick Van Winkle, 41, the school district’s athletic director, was charged Thursday with indecent contact with a child. Taylor Pettaway, San Antonio Express-News, 29 Apr. 2022 England is found guilty of four counts of maltreating detainees, one count of conspiracy and one count of committing an indecent act. CNN, 11 Mar. 2022 Donald Edward Robinson, 76, of Bonita Springs, Florida., is charged by criminal complaint with one count of lewd, indecent and obscene acts while in the special aircraft jurisdiction of the United States, federal authorities said in a statement. Hartford Courant, 10 Apr. 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'indecent.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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

Learn More About indecent

Time Traveler for indecent

Time Traveler

The first known use of indecent was circa 1587

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near indecent



indecent assault

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for indecent

Last Updated

7 Aug 2022

Cite this Entry

“Indecent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for indecent


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

Kids Definition of indecent

: not decent : coarse, vulgar

More from Merriam-Webster on indecent

Nglish: Translation of indecent for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of indecent for Arabic Speakers


Test Your Vocabulary

Challenging Words You Should Know

  • hedgehog reading a book
  • Often used to describe “the march of time,” what does inexorable mean?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!