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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That indiscretion should be an offense punishable by death or maiming. Ariana Romero,, "How The Handmaid's Tale Just Made Janine's Story Even More Tragic," 25 July 2019 But Theo, played with cool, offhand chauvinism by Eddie Kaye Thomas, is quickly distracted by greed when a series of smitten male boarders who witnessed the undergarment indiscretion arrive to rent a room in the Maske home. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Steve Martin’s ‘Underpants’ is frilly fun at Old Globe," 2 Aug. 2019 Le Batard’s past indiscretions at the company are rather minor and reflect more on his methods than motives. Tom Hoffarth, Los Angeles Times, "Lessons for Dan Le Batard and ESPN alike in latest foray into politics," 28 July 2019 Past indiscretions The leader of the opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, dismissed the news. Tara John, CNN, "British prime minister hopeful reportedly admits to cocaine use, but the public may not care," 8 June 2019 Likewise, a team can choose to not offer a license (game ticket) to a particular individual because of that person’s previous indiscretions. Michael Mccann,, "Could Warriors Strip Mark Stevens of His Minority Stake After Kyle Lowry Shove?," 6 June 2019 His list of indiscretions is lengthy and still open ended. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Larrikin or liability: Is Nick Kyrgios good for tennis?," 5 July 2019 The Belgian winger is currently suspended from the club after a number of apparent indiscretions, with a social media post hitting out the club's handling of matters unlikely to help his cause., "Arsenal Continuing to Evaluate Options as Yannick Carrasco Hits Out at Dalian Yifang Treatment," 22 June 2019 Are penalties so harsh that American prisons are filled with men and women who are languishing there for decades because of some youthful indiscretion? Barry Latzer, WSJ, "Beware the Next Step on Criminal-Justice Reform," 23 Dec. 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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