in·​del·​i·​ca·​cy | \ (ˌ)in-ˈde-li-kə-sē How to pronounce indelicacy (audio) \

Definition of indelicacy

1 : the quality or state of being indelicate
2 : something that is indelicate

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Examples of indelicacy in a Sentence

the indelicacy of their dinner conversation made the other guests wince in embarrassment
Recent Examples on the Web The Trump era is one of indelicacy, profanity, and real—not imagined—misogyny, and its flacks deserve a language that matches up. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "What’s So Bad About the C-Word?," 5 June 2018 Trump added, seemingly referring to the indelicacy of directly attacking a war hero who is fighting brain cancer. Callum Borchers, Washington Post, "Cindy McCain sounds off on Trump: ‘We don’t need more bullying, and I’m tired of it’," 28 Feb. 2018 These are only some of the indelicacies that have issued forth from Trump’s mouth: But the current era of political obscenity also must be put in historical context. Jeet Heer, New Republic, "Democrats Should Swear More at Donald Trump," 8 June 2017

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First Known Use of indelicacy

1712, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Indelicacy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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