in·​de·​co·​rous (ˌ)in-ˈde-k(ə-)rəs How to pronounce indecorous (audio)
: not decorous : conflicting with accepted standards of good conduct or good taste
indecorously adverb
indecorousness noun
Choose the Right Synonym for indecorous

indecorous, improper, unseemly, unbecoming, indelicate mean not conforming to what is accepted as right, fitting, or in good taste.

indecorous suggests a violation of accepted standards of good manners.

indecorous behavior

improper applies to a broader range of transgressions of rules not only of social behavior but of ethical practice or logical procedure or prescribed method.

improper use of campaign contributions

unseemly adds a suggestion of special inappropriateness to a situation or an offensiveness to good taste.

remarried with unseemly haste

unbecoming suggests behavior or language that does not suit one's character or status.

conduct unbecoming to an officer

indelicate implies a lack of modesty or of tact or of refined perception of feeling.

indelicate expressions for bodily functions

Example Sentences

an indecorous joke for a solemn moment in the marriage ceremony
Recent Examples on the Web There was a palpable undercurrent of dissatisfaction among offensive players – grumbling about the predictability of the offense and what looked like indecorous snickering when the locker room opened. Christopher L. Gasper,, 2 Dec. 2022 Both Diaz and Daichendt are old enough to remember the days when these cultures were seen as indecorous and even dangerous. San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 June 2022 Hurston often ran afoul of her contemporaries because of her indecorous proclamations. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, 25 Feb. 2022 However indecorous her comments, those facts take her commentary out of the purview of the school district. Arkansas Online, 2 July 2021 The eyebrows would go up, the smile would fade, a silent but oh-so-sharp rebuke to the rude, the entitled, the indecorous. Washington Post, 7 May 2021 Trump’s performances were riddled with misinformation, contradictions and indecorous boasts, while also predicting miracles and promoting cure-all therapeutics. Anchorage Daily News, 20 Dec. 2020 The yelling crowd outwardly appeared to be indecorous and vulgar, failing to properly respect the solemn circumstances. Monica Hesse, Washington Post, 25 Sep. 2020 Given the lack of actual harm and the indecorous behavior on all sides, this is not an episode over which a national consensus would support the president’s removal. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, 27 Oct. 2019 See More

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Word History


Latin indecorus, from in- + decorus decorous

First Known Use

1668, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of indecorous was in 1668

Dictionary Entries Near indecorous

Cite this Entry

“Indecorous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


in·​de·​co·​rous (ˈ)in-ˈdek-ə-rəs How to pronounce indecorous (audio)
: not proper or in good taste : unbecoming
indecorous behavior
indecorously adverb
indecorousness noun

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