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 Prohibition is the backbone of 1920s mythology, which paints drinking as a glamorous indiscretion. Lila Thulin, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 May 2021 Before that, Humans saw a family thrown into crisis following the father’s indiscretion with their robot assistant. Judy Berman, Time, 30 Apr. 2021 That arc deepens when the show reveals that the girls clearly had a connection, and that perhaps Jeanette's actual indiscretion was less concrete. Rosie Knight,, 20 Apr. 2021 Unless there is some sort of indiscretion or significant black eye as the reason for the departure, a position coach leaving should not turn into a circus. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, 4 Mar. 2021 Meanwhile, much of the base here has closed ranks around Cawthorn, casting his statements before the riot as a youthful indiscretion. Jess Bidgood,, 27 Feb. 2021 Here's the snag: Teigen wasn't actually supposed to share anything at all from behind the scenes of the inauguration celebration, and wound up getting reprimanded for her indiscretion. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, 20 Jan. 2021 The monster may be a manifestation of an indiscretion, an addiction, or a debt. Kristen Bateman, Harper's BAZAAR, 19 Nov. 2020 Biden apologized for his spatial indiscretion and then carried on with his thoughts about the importance of following the science in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Washington Post, 6 Oct. 2020

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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 17 Jun. 2021.

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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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