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

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 The magazine’s declared charge was to bring ungainly life and youthful indiscretion to a culture bounded by cloying upstart institutions (McSweeney’s) and stuffy, older ones (James Wood writing at The New Republic). Phillip Maciak, The New Republic, 27 June 2022 Compare those portraits of early waywardness with Anne, a model youth whose one indiscretion portends a fall from grace. The New Yorker, 6 May 2022 Hammond’s moment of indiscretion had other consequences for the Supreme Court, too. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 May 2022 Being hounded to the point of collapse by the media after a partner’s indiscretion. Hayley Maitland, Vogue, 17 Apr. 2022 Then again, indiscretion isn’t the same as indecision. K. Austin Collins, Rolling Stone, 1 Apr. 2022 How can the hurtfulness of such a social indiscretion not be obvious to the maker? Washington Post, 19 Feb. 2022 One of the most impactful flavors of this indiscretion is the inability to identify fake sites that mimic the original store. David Balaban, Forbes, 31 Jan. 2022 There is less press and the tax payers can take on the responsibility for paying a pension for life in exchange for transparency of an indiscretion. Walter Pavlo, Forbes, 21 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of indiscretion

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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