in·​dis·​creet | \ ˌin-di-ˈskrēt How to pronounce indiscreet (audio) \

Definition of indiscreet

: not discreet : imprudent an indiscreet comment

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Other Words from indiscreet

indiscreetly adverb
indiscreetness noun

Examples of indiscreet in a Sentence

telling a friend's secrets is indiscreet, and unkind as well
Recent Examples on the Web The show asks the indiscreet coronavirus questions, like can a mask be a fashion statement? Will Coviello,, "Rivertown Theaters extends 'Quarantune Cabaret,' JPAS presents standup comedy and other theater events," 14 Oct. 2020 Why would a lawyer working for the FBI on the biggest case in politics be so indiscreet as to create a record of altering a document in the course of making a false statement of huge importance? Kyle Smith, National Review, "Clinesmith, the Russia Lie, and the Deep State," 18 Aug. 2020 The relationship, apparently consensual, if unconventional, was indiscreet at best, and, because of the woman’s youth and her subordinate position in Hill’s campaign, potentially exploitative. Dana Goodyear, The New Yorker, "Katie Hill Returns as a Complicated #MeToo Crusader," 19 Dec. 2019 And besides, Mr Trump’s main instrument in this affair, Rudy Giuliani, makes an exceptionally indiscreet muckraker. Lexington | Washington, The Economist, "The meaning of Donald Trump’s crazily damning self-defence," 4 Oct. 2019 Trump can be indiscreet, even crude, in his speech. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "Are Thought Crimes Impeachable?," 28 Nov. 2019 As with almost anyone who’s dealt with Trump, Zelenskiy has been burned, his indiscreet private statements being released to serve the White House’s purposes. Michael Colborne, The New Republic, "The Mess Trump Has Made in Ukraine," 26 Sep. 2019 Despite their apparent passion, Juana's husband Philip was frequently unfaithful to her, his indiscreet affairs causing Juana to fly into rages and periods of depression that provoked the first rumors about Juana's mental state. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "What Was Catherine of Aragon's Sister, Juana la Loca, Really Like?," 10 June 2019 The result is a delightful and highly indiscreet account of the sheer craziness of royal life. Moira Hodgson, WSJ, "‘The Quest for Queen Mary’ Review: Mum’s the Word," 10 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of indiscreet

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for indiscreet

Middle English indiscrete, from Late Latin indiscretus, from Latin, indistinguishable, from in- + discretus, past participle of discernere to separate — more at discern

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“Indiscreet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of indiscreet

: not having or showing good judgment : revealing things that should not be revealed : not discreet also : not polite


in·​dis·​creet | \ ˌin-di-ˈskrēt How to pronounce indiscreet (audio) \

Kids Definition of indiscreet

: not having or showing good judgment : revealing things that should not be revealed He is indiscreet about his friend's secrets.

Other Words from indiscreet

indiscreetly adverb

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