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
Recent Examples on the Web And that Lhakpa would forgive me this indiscretion. Mark Synnott, National Geographic, "Our team climbed Everest to try to solve its greatest mystery," 16 June 2020 While that Must-See-TV foursome only wagered $150 USD each, the stakes are much higher on Too Hot To Handle: Every indiscretion will result in a deduction of the prize money. Shannon Carlin,, "Too Hot To Handle," 20 Apr. 2020 Politicians and mainstream media in France have long observed the convention that the private indiscretions of the political class do not belong in the public eye. Matthew Dalton, WSJ, "Russian Artist Broke Unwritten Rule in France: Don’t Expose Politicians’ Sex Lives," 17 Feb. 2020 Some members of that group would go on to take enough indirect shots at the Squad in the press that their comments could be perceived more like a distancing strategy than a momentary indiscretion. Susan Dominus, New York Times, "Hope and High Drama: A Year With Two New Democratic Congresswomen," 18 Nov. 2019 This nifty White House drama stars Joan Allen as a U.S. senator who is considered for the vice presidency until a past indiscretion threatens her future. Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, "The 34 best political movies ever made," 23 Jan. 2020 An indiscretion that carries the risk of an incurable and deadly disease. Tim Fitzsimons, NBC News, "PrEP's unexpected side effect: reduced 'HIV anxiety'," 15 Dec. 2019 Sometimes what looks like an indiscretion could be important., "Horoscope," 24 Jan. 2020 Richard collected audio recorded off Colin’s headset—including snippets of Colin snorting coke, among other reckless acts—and categorized them by indiscretion. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "Silicon Valley Questions the Morality of Success," 28 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of indiscretion

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Indiscretion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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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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