in·​dis·​cre·​tion | \ ˌin-di-ˈskre-shən How to pronounce indiscretion (audio) \

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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So when a frequent antagonist brought up some of the Oshkosh Democrat's past controversies and indiscretions on Facebook last month, Hintz didn't hold back. Daniel Bice, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bice: Assembly Minority Leader Gordon Hintz lobs f-bomb at critic after Facebook spat," 5 June 2019 Sheila eventually remarries too, but the movie paints her as never fully recovering from Stanley's indiscretions. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Even Bryce Dallas Howard Couldn’t Handle Rocketman’s Most Heartbreaking Scene," 31 May 2019 When does talking about someone else cross the line from benign conversation to thoughtless indiscretion? New York Times, "How to Separate Harmless Work Chatter From Gossip," 15 June 2018 This is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of Bob Fosse's indiscretions portrayed in the episode, which premiered last night. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Fosse/Verdon Proves It's Time to Cancel the Fragile Male Ego," 10 Apr. 2019 The latter half of last night's episode showed all the siblings and mama Kris Jenner learning of Thompson's indiscretions for the first time. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "Khloé Kardashian Live-Tweeted Last Night's KUWTK Episode About Tristan Thompson," 5 Nov. 2018 If the content of her character overcomes these youthful indiscretions, there is room in American politics for her vision of decency. WSJ, "Ocasio-Cortez Stumbles on 70% Tax Reality," 23 Jan. 2019 Typical of its genre, The Guilty’s veteran policeman Asger (played by Jakob Cedergren) has earned himself call-center duty for some kind of indiscretion the office seems to still be sorting out. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "The Guilty review: Even in 2018, a simple phone can be utterly thrilling," 21 Oct. 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce indiscretion (audio) \

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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