in·​de·​co·​rous | \ (ˌ)in-ˈde-k(ə-)rəs How to pronounce indecorous (audio) , ˌin-di-ˈkȯr-əs \

Definition of indecorous

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

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Other Words from indecorous

indecorously adverb
indecorousness noun

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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

Examples of indecorous in a Sentence

an indecorous joke for a solemn moment in the marriage ceremony
Recent Examples on the Web 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, "The President’s Best Ukraine Defense: Not an Impeachable Offense," 27 Oct. 2019 Yet Harvard, too, was caught in the indecorous (but perfectly legal) act of giving preferences to white, wealthy kids who already enjoy the massive advantage of being . . ., "the anti-affirmative-action crusader," 3 Oct. 2019 Equal parts charming, caustic and indecorous, Sneed may be the closest spiritual link to Palladin himself, one of the most demanding chefs to ever lead a kitchen in Washington. Tim Carman, Washington Post, "Jean-Louis Palladin was D.C.’s original celebrity chef. But his legacy is complicated.," 19 Aug. 2019 If the disorderly, confused, and indecorous were banned in Protestant Christian art, those styles proliferated in Catholic visuality. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Getting Into the Holy Spirit," 8 May 2018 The women in her shows trespass, bound around indecorous and vulgar, and steal things (priceless objects, boyfriends) simply for the thrill of it. Rachel Syme, The New Republic, "In Killing Eve, Two Women Are Fed Up and Dangerous," 6 Apr. 2018 Following the invitation from AMOCA Director Beth Ann Gerstein, artists created functional objects reflecting the nation's present dysfunction and decorative pieces dealing with our indecorous realities. Leah Ollman,, "Resistance in clay: Ceramic artists speak out against Trump, war and more in 'We the People'," 29 Aug. 2017 Murray may have a few indecorous moments each match. Jon Wertheim,, "Mailbag: The gap between Andy Murray's off-court class vs. on-court behavior," 21 June 2017 There was a time when it was considered indecorous for a candidate to look down at a watch during a debate or to sigh audibly while another candidate was speaking. Nicholas Confessore, New York Times, "In Republican Debate, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio Wage Urgent Attacks on Donald Trump MARCH 3, 2016," 4 Mar. 2016

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First Known Use of indecorous

1668, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for indecorous

Latin indecorus, from in- + decorus decorous

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The first known use of indecorous was in 1668

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“Indecorous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2020.

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