in·​dis·​cre·​tion | \ˌin-di-ˈskre-shən \

Definition of indiscretion 

1 : lack of discretion : imprudence dietary indiscretion

2a : something (such as an act or remark) marked by lack of discretion

b : an act at variance with the accepted morality of a society resigned because of financial indiscretions

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Examples of indiscretion in a Sentence

She committed a few minor indiscretions. a single indiscretion can get someone kicked out of that exclusive club

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The Front Runner is a film about a post-Watergate-era America grappling with a political leader’s indiscretions and the press and electorate’s reactions. Kate Klausner, Vogue, "Hugh Jackman Trades Wolverine for Politics at Last Night’s Premiere of The Front Runner," 31 Oct. 2018 The best available research suggests that putting police officers in schools does not significantly deter crime on campus — but does increase the number of students who end up incarcerated for minor youthful indiscretions. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "On Guns, Liberals Are Flirting With the Politics of Fear. That’s Scary.," 22 Feb. 2018 In time, her reputation became scarred by accusations of extreme brutality toward suspected turncoats, misbehavior and indiscretion in her private life, and a radicalism that seemed at odds with Mr. Mandela’s quest for racial inclusiveness. Alan Cowell, New York Times, "Winnie Madikizela-Mandela Is Dead at 81; Fought Apartheid," 2 Apr. 2018 In time, her reputation became scarred by accusations of extreme brutality toward suspected turncoats, misbehavior and indiscretion in her private life, and a radicalism that seemed at odds with Mandela’s quest for racial inclusiveness. Alan Cowell,, "Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, 81, antiapartheid leader," 2 Apr. 2018 Three months into Kevin’s public indiscretion, the actor spoke candidly about his mistake on the Power 105.1 FM show The Breakfast Club in December. Melania Hidalgo,, "Rebuilding After Scandal: A Look Back at Kevin Hart and Wife Eniko's Nearly 2-Year Marriage," 6 July 2018 The win has also helped Mexican fans move beyond the team’s recent indiscretions. Washington Post, "Mexico shakes with excitement over Germany World Cup win," 17 June 2018 Much of the film plays out in such scenarios — public occasions disrupted by private tragedies or personal indiscretions. Peter Keough,, "Rachel Weisz empowers ‘Disobedience’," 2 May 2018 And Congress wants to talk with Cambridge Analytica alum Matt Oczkowski about whether his new firm, Data Propria, will just repeat the same indiscretions as is former employer. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "Security News This Week: Mapping the NSA's Secret Spy Hubs," 30 June 2018

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First Known Use of indiscretion

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of indiscretion

: lack of good judgment or care in behavior and especially in speech : lack of discretion

: an act or remark that shows a lack of good judgment : an indiscreet act or remark


in·​dis·​cre·​tion | \ˌin-di-ˈskre-shən \

Kids Definition of indiscretion

1 : lack of good judgment or care in acting or saying things

2 : a thoughtless or careless act or remark

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