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

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On Tuesday, Fairfax County police obtained warrants against Cummins for nine counts of indecent liberties by a custodian and aggravated molestation for cases of alleged molestation that occurred between 1987 and 2017, police said. Washington Post, "City to test emergency alert system Saturday," 22 June 2019 At the time in Denver, hundreds of gay men were being arrested for indecent behavior for holding hands, dancing together or cross-dressing. Carina Julig, The Denver Post, "On 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, the Denver LGBTQ community reflects on the moment that “blew open the doors”," 14 June 2019 Highland Park police received a report around 1:10 p.m. May 31 to the public swimming beach in the 800 block of Sheridan Road after residents reported an incident of indecent behavior, Deputy Police Chief Jonathan Lowman said Tuesday. Karen Berkowitz,, "Highland Park man charged with lewd exposure at Rosewood Beach: police," 4 June 2019 In the trailer for What/If, Zellweger's character kicks off the drama, giving an indecent proposal to a pair of newlyweds—and setting viewers up for the mayhem to come. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Renée Zellweger's Netflix Series What / If Is Out Now on Netflix," 24 May 2019 There's a sense in which there are some just indecent people in the White House. NBC News, "Meet the Press - February 11, 2018," 11 Feb. 2018 Midshipman 2nd Class Leonard Kiptoo Langat pleaded guilty in North Carolina earlier this year to indecent liberties with a minor – a felony – in connection to an incident with a family member late last year. Lucia I. Suarez Sang, Fox News, "Naval Academy to kick out midshipman convicted of child sex crime," 27 July 2018 In a court filing Thursday in King County Superior Court, Rodriguez is accused of taking indecent liberties and assault in the second degree of the woman. Dominic Gates, The Seattle Times, "Security guard charged with sexually assaulting patient at addiction facility in Auburn," 21 Oct. 2018 Most of the incidents described by accusers took place in the 1990s, often on staff work trips, and included indecent propositions, unwanted touching and kissing, and verbal harassment. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "Megachurch pastor resigns to protest his church’s handling of sexual misconduct allegations," 7 Aug. 2018

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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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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


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

Kids Definition of indecent

: not decent : coarse, vulgar

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