indecorous

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adjective in·de·co·rous \ (ˌ)in-ˈde-k(ə-)rəs ; ˌin-di-ˈkȯr-əs \

Definition of indecorous

:not decorous :conflicting with accepted standards of good conduct or good taste

indecorously

adverb

indecorousness

noun

Examples of indecorous in a Sentence

  1. an indecorous joke for a solemn moment in the marriage ceremony

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Origin and Etymology of indecorous

Latin indecorus, from in- + decorus decorous

Synonym Discussion of 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


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