in·​dis·​cre·​tion ˌin-di-ˈskre-shən How to pronounce indiscretion (audio)
: lack of discretion : imprudence
dietary indiscretion
: something (such as an act or remark) marked by lack of discretion
: 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. put the incident down as just a youthful indiscretion
Recent Examples on the Web Jackie Kennedy Onassis was aware of her husband’s indiscretions, according to some historians JFK’s affairs, which came to light publicly after his death, were known to his wife, Jellison and other historians say. Mallory Moench, TIME, 19 May 2024 But the Daily Mail said it’s become difficult for Trump’s third wife to keep her husband’s alleged personal indiscretions from spilling over into their private family life. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, 17 May 2024 Over two months of withering testimony and legal argument, Willis had intimate details of her private life publicly aired, her judgment and integrity questioned, and saw the most high-stakes prosecution of her career teeter on the brink of collapse because of an indiscretion in her personal life. Daniel Klaidman, CBS News, 29 Mar. 2024 But when visiting professor and writer Agatha Paul presents Millie with an unusual opportunity, Millie is drawn into a world of money, vengeful pranks, indiscretions, and a whole bucket full of bad behavior. Ew Staff Published,, 20 Dec. 2023 Such deception may include hiding psychological challenges, physical health problems or past indiscretions. Mark Travers, Forbes, 23 Feb. 2024 The audience gets a hint that this will not be a straightforward erotic thriller in a scene in which the husband’s indiscretions are revealed. Murtada Elfadl, Variety, 23 Feb. 2024 This matchup would have more appeal if former Bearcats head coach Bob Huggins was still on the Mountaineer bench, but after his 2023 indiscretions, WVU is being led by interim coach Josh Eilert. Scott Springer, The Enquirer, 31 Jan. 2024 Without a publicist, gossip blogs, a reality show, or paparazzi following him about Europe to document his every indiscretion, his reputation was self-made — and self-promoted. Gaile Robinson, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 31 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of indiscretion was in the 14th century

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“Indiscretion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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in·​dis·​cre·​tion ˌin-dis-ˈkresh-ən How to pronounce indiscretion (audio)
: lack of discretion : imprudence
: an indiscreet act or remark

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